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Passing of Jon and Tim Kinsley

January 25, 2023
Exterior photo of the Kinsley Engineering Building on West Campus.

To the York College Community:

It is with profound sadness that we share the devastating news regarding the tragic death of trustee and friend Jon Kinsley. He and his brother, Tim, were killed on Monday as the result of a skiing accident in British Columbia. 

The impact the Kinsley family has had throughout our community and institution is, like the news of their passing, not easily describable.  

Embodying the family legacy of business excellence and philanthropic leadership, Jon and Tim were true pillars of the community, serving countless organizations, individuals, and institutions. For York College, this loss hits especially hard. As mentioned, Jon had served the York College Board of Trustees with distinction since 2017, generously sharing his wisdom on the Advancement and Finance committees. Tim, as an inaugural member of the J.D. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship's Advisory Board in 2011, was instrumental in establishing programs and initiatives that continue to positively impact our students and community to this day. 

The Kinsley family's impact is felt nearly everywhere on our campus and the York Country Day School. We ask each of you to reflect on the service and support they generously provided to enrich  and enhance the student experience. Their lives of service to others will forever be reflected in our College motto, Servire Est Vivere – "To Serve is to Live." 

We join with the Kinsley family and friends in grieving their passing and offer our prayers and thoughts to all of their loved ones. 

Laura T. Wand, Chair of the York College Board of Trustees 
Pamela J. Gunter-Smith, PhD, President