Obituary: Col. John Kinniburgh

Col. Kinniburgh

Marine Col. John Kinniburgh, a former rector and member of the UMW Board of Visitors, passed away June 9, 2019. He was 89.

Col. Kinniburgh served on the Board of Visitors from 1983 to 1987 and was rector from 1984 to 1986. He was in the Simpson Circle, an organization of former Board of Visitors members dedicated to engagement in the university’s activities, academic programs, and fundraising initiatives.

Col. Kinniburgh also was a member of the Board of Regents for the James Monroe Law Office Museum and Memorial Library from 1986 to 1988. The museum is administered by the University of Mary Washington.

Born June 19, 1929, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, he held a bachelor’s degree from Bryant College and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He also was a graduate of the College of Naval Warfare in Newport, Rhode Island. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps and rose to colonel, retiring in 1977.

He and Virginia Mae Poole Kinniburgh ’53 met during her senior year at Mary Washington, when she chaperoned several students to the Quantico Marine Corps Base to see a production of Oklahoma. They were married in August 1953. Mrs. Kinniburgh survives him, as do many family members and friends.

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