Douglas Kinnard, retired Army brigadier general and professor emeritus of political science at the University of Vermont (UVM), died July 29, 2013. He was 91.
Kinnard graduated from West Point in 1944, and was awarded a Bronze Star for action with Gen. Patton’s Third Army in Germany. He also fought in the Korean War, earned a master’s degree in politics from Princeton in 1957, and between two tours in Vietnam, was promoted to brigadier general.
After retiring in 1970, Kinnard returned to Princeton and earned another master’s degree in 1972 and a Ph.D. in 1973. He then received a tenure-track position in UVM’s political science department. He published works on Vietnam and the Eisenhower presidency. His book The War Managers was a critical analysis of political leadership and generals on Vietnam. Kinnard became emeritus in 1984. In 1994, President Bill Clinton appointed Kinnard to help plan and supervise the World War II Memorial on the National Mall.
In 2001, Kinnard published From the Paterson Station: The Way We Were, a memoir of his earlier years. In 2012, he completed his memoirs with Adventures in Two Worlds: Vietnam General and Vermont Professor.
He is survived by his wife, Dr. Wade Tyree *79, and a son.
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