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Kathleen Virginia Cronin Tinkel ’63

Kathleen Virginia Cronin Tinkel ’63, November 21, 2012, in Milford, Connecticut, from cancer. Kathleen studied at Reed for two years. She met her future husband, physicist Jack B. Tinkel, while taking summer classes at the University of California, Berkeley. The couple moved to New York City, Jack’s hometown, where they resided for 12 years. Kathleen started her own graphic design business, Tinkel Design, and maintained connections to clients in New York via train commute when the couple moved next to Connecticut. During this time, she also found time to remodel a 70-year-old house and to write and publish a book, Rooftop Gardening. She was one of the founding managers of the Desktop Publishing Forum on CompuServe, and, as computerization took over the publishing industry, she wrote about software, fonts, people, and the aesthetics of using type for many publications, including Step-by-Step Electronic Design, Personal Publishing, MacUser, Publish, Aldus, Adobe, MacWorld, PC Graphics, MacWeek, and U&lc quarterly. She also cofounded and edited MacPrePress, a weekly fax newsletter. Kathleen was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in 1998. She underwent surgery and moved to Milford, where Jack retired and she pared down her many projects.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2013

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