Trine University is mourning the loss of 1958 alumnus Dr. James Ross Rinker, who died
the evening of Saturday, April 25, at age 85.
“Dr. Rinker epitomizes the success enjoyed by many Trine University alumni as a result
of their determination and the educational foundation they receive, as well as the
generosity many demonstrate once they achieve that success,” said Earl D. Brooks II,
Ph.D., Trine University president. “Through the Rinker-Ross Memorial Foundation, Dr.
Rinker provided critical support for medical and performing arts programs in New York
and key backing for health sciences programs at his alma mater. He will be greatly
Dr. Rinker was born and raised in Kentucky, graduating from Tri-State College with
a degree in business administration in 1958. Following Commencement, he took a commission
with the U.S. Army.
While in the service, Dr. Rinker continued his education and earned his doctorate
in psychology in 1966. He proudly served as a clinical psychologist for servicemen
at assignments in multiple hospitals before finishing his career at Walter Reed Army
Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.
After his retirement as a major in 1985, Dr. Rinker returned to his family’s roots
in Lexington, Kentucky, where he was actively involved in the family’s business of
real estate and thoroughbred horses. He also maintained a practice as a psychologist.
He moved to Binghamton, New York, in the mid-1990s, where he had a psychology practice
at local hospitals. He also served on the board of directors at Lourdes Hospital.
Dr. Rinker established the Rinker-Ross Memorial Foundation, where he served as CEO,
and was instrumental in providing capital funding for medicine and the performing
arts in the Binghamton area. He generously supported Trine University through the
foundation, particularly in areas related to the health sciences, biomedical engineering
and performing arts.
Trine University named the Rinker-Ross School for Health Sciences in Dr. Rinker’s
honor in 2016 after he provided a $1.5 million gift for the Best Hall expansion, and
presented him with the Distinguished Service Award at the 2019 Touchstone and Homecoming