Joseph Hinkle, 54, Lawyer, Involved in Civic Groups
July 27, 1997
Joseph HINKLE of Boston, a lawyer, died Thursday in his Beacon Hill home. He was 54. Mr. Hinkle was born in Boston and raised in Brookline. He attended the Dexter School and St. Mark's School. He graduated from Yale University in 1964 and from Harvard Law School in 1967.
After law school, he began working at the law firm of Hill & Barlow. He became a partner in 1974. A longtime resident of Beacon Hill, he was involved with many civic organizations and was recently awarded the Beacon Award by the Beacon Hill Civic Association for his volunteer efforts. He was on the board of directors of the Beacon Hill Nursery and Hill House, and was a member of the Beacon Hill Civic Association, the Boston Artery Focus Group, and the Charles River Basin Citizens Advisory Committee.
He was also involved with the Cambridge Street Community Development Corporation and helped in the restoration of the Peter Faneuil School in Boston. He served on the board of the former China Trade Museum in Milton and helped with its merger with Peabody Museum of Salem. After its merger with the Essex Institute, he became vice president of the Peabody Essex Museum board. He was a longtime supporter of the Boston Symphony and enjoyed curling at The Country Club in Brookline.
He and his family summered on Cape Cod, where he enjoyed sailing and won the long-distance trophy for the Osterville to Edgartown Race.
He leaves his wife, Sarah (Ropes); a son, Edward Ropes Hinkle of Somerville; a daughter, Sarah Dickson Hinkle of New York City; a brother, James G. of Cummaquid; and a sister, Sydney Buffum of Florida and Rhode Island. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in King's Chapel in Boston. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Beechwood Cemetery in Centerville.