LSU Mourns the Loss of Construction Management Associate Professor Duncan W. Kinchen
The LSU community lost one of its dedicated faculty members on Aug. 26 when Duncan W. Kinchen, associate professor and holder of the Contractors' Educational Trust Fund Professorship, passed away.
Funeral arrangements for Kinchen are a viewing on Sunday, Sept. 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 11000 Florida Blvd. in Baton Rouge, and a viewing on Monday, Sept. 3, from 10:30 a.m. until noon, followed by mass and burial at St. George Catholic Church, 7808 St. George Drive in Baton Rouge.
"Duncan was a mentor and friend to many in the College of Engineering," said Rick Koubek, College of Engineering dean. "He was a long standing member of the construction management faculty, his presence has helped shape the department and college throughout the years and we will miss him deeply."
Kinchen, 78, joined LSU in January 1981 as an assistant professor and was responsible for teaching undergraduate level courses, including senior project enterprise and several independent study courses. He also served as a consultant specializing in thermal insulation, fire-proofing, refectory and protective coating applications for industrial projects.
Born in Albany, La., Kinchen served as a project engineer for the U.S. Army Ballistic Missle Agency in Redstone Arsenal, Ala., from 1957 to 1959. He received his Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1958. Prior to coming to LSU, he worked in a number of contractor companies, including nine years for Pullman Kellogg Inc. in Houston, Texas.