On May 2nd, E. Robert Kinney of Wayzata, MN died.
He is survived by his wife Margaret (Margee) Kinney, daughter Jeanie Small of Danville, CA, daughter Isabella Keating of Long Lake, MN, predeceased by E. Robert Kinney, Jr., step-daughter Lucy Thatcher Penfield of Deephaven, MN, step-son Ford Thatcher of Phoenix, seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. Mr. Kinney was born in Burnham, Maine. He graduated from Bates College in 1939, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was CEO of Gorton’s of Gloucester, Mass until 1968 when General Mills acquired the Company. Mr. Kinney moved to Minneapolis in 1970 and worked for General Mills until he retired as CEO in 1981. He then became President of
IDS Mutual Funds for five years. Mr. Kinney was the director of several companies including Honeywell, Deluxe Check, Unum, St. Paul Companies, Sun Oil, Idexx, Hanaford, Fischer Price, Uno Pizza, and Putnam Mutual Funds. His major interest outside of business was education. He served as a trustee of Bates College for 27 years and chairman of the Board for 17 years. Memorials are suggested to the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis or Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.