Remembering Alvin Stinnett

Alvin StinnettFormer University of Pikeville professor Alvin Stinnett passed away March 18 in Louisville.

Stinnett began his tenure at UPIKE, then known as Pikeville College, in September 1965 as an Assistant Professor of German and drama. An Associate Professor at the time of his 1991 retirement, Stinnett also served as advisor to the school newspaper, the Pikeville College Foreign Language and International Students Club, and the Peach Orchard Players.

Former students and fellow faculty and staff members describe Stinnett as a pleasant and soft-spoken gentleman. "He was just so jovial and very friendly," recalls Shella Justice Damron ('72), who minored in German. "I always enjoyed his class, even though it was difficult. He made class interesting, which helped us learn."

Howard Roberts ('78), adds, "Alvin Stinnett was a dedicated, respected faculty member who quietly influenced students in theatre and speech. His love for the theatre was quickly obvious and he enjoyed discussing the performing arts. Alvin understood that theatre performances serve as a historical repository. He instilled in his students the notion that theatre enriches lives and creates social and cultural advantages to a community."

Stinnett and his wife, Faye, were members of the Dr. David Blythe Legacy Society for individuals who place UPIKE in their will or estate. According to Faye Stinnett, "The highlight of Alvin's life was the 26 years he taught at Pikeville College."