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The family of Robert Kinsinger scattered his ashes this week, endingthe final chapter of the life of a great adventurer and educatorbut not ending enduring memories of the man. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek and a long time hot air balloonist, died May 8 at his home in Twaine Harte,California. He was 93.

He advocatedlifelonglearning, alternative learning lifestyles, and distance learning, like using the internet, until his retirement from the foundation in 1983.

He returned to his family home in California’sKinland Forest with his late wife, Bobbie,until his deathfrom what his family described as natural causes.

“His wisdom is what I will miss the most,” said his daughter, Lisa VanHoven of Grand Rapids. “You could talk to him about everything. He was very wise.

“There is so much about him,” she said. “I would tell people about my dad and they would say you are making it up, that no one was all that, but he was.”

Her husband, Chris VanHoven, described his father in law as brilliant.

“He was learned and well traveled and he could speak on many, many subjects with knowledge. He had been to most places you would talk about and he could bend your ear in many ways.

“He loved conversation,” said Chris VanHoven. Navy. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University and after marrying, earned a doctorate in higher education administration from Columbia University Teachers College. Department of Health and Human Services. He was an educational consultant to the National League for Nursing and directed health related curriculum programs for the University of the State of New York.

Kinsinger was a long time trustee for Excelsior College in Albany,
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New York, and the Robert E. Kinsinger Institute for Nursing Excellence was established at the college in his honor. Kellogg Foundation.

“I have great memories of his part in the life of Battle Creek and the history of the foundation,” Mawby said Thursday. “He really knew what was going on in education throughout the United States and in the rest of the world. He was engaged in humanity and shared his interest in science and his interest in enlarging the perspective of all of us.”

Mawby called Kinsinger an internationalist who traveled extensively while maintaining his concentration on happenings in the United States.

In Battle Creek Kinsinger was most visible when he was in the air after beginning his love affair with flying balloons.

Bob Cat, the hot air balloon of Robert Kinsinger. (Photo: Provided)

Kinsinger took his first balloon flight with his trainer, Bruce Comstock, on May 17, 1972 and was licensed to fly balloons on Oct. 20, 1972. National Champion, trained Kinsinger over the summer and kept his flight records.

He remembers Kinsinger “as a good solid pilot who had a long and happy career flying balloons.”

He flew in more than 30 countries and over the Arctic, the Great Wall of China, and the volcano,Mount Pinatuboin the Philippines.

His balloon, Bob’s Cat, had a lions head on the envelope chosen because his astrological sign isLeo the Lion and the design was from a medallion he gave his wife, he told the Enquirer in 2007.

His grandson, Justin Kinsinger, who flies balloons in the Napa Valley in California, has the same design on his balloon envelope.

A replica of the balloon is in the children’s garden at Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek. “It’s such an exhilarating experience that you can’t get any other way. You go low and slow so you can see much more wildlife and scenery.”

And Kinsinger said ballooning was a great way to make new friends.

“It’s a great way to meet locals,” he told the magazine. “People are always so excited to see you and so curious to see the balloon up close.”

His daughter became his crew chief, following under the balloon,
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before they had radios in the balloon and the chase vehicle.