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Hoinkes named to RCC board

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H. Dieter Hoinkes (left) & Bernard Robins

The College Board of Rap-pahannock Community College recently installed H. Dieter Hoinkes of Middlesex County and Bernard Robins of Gloucester County as its newest members.

College board members must be residents of the county they represent, as well as providing a cross-section of the industries, businesses, and professions active in the college’s service area. All members of the board are charged with the responsibility of promoting the best interests of the entire region served by the college.

Hoinkes has lived in Middlesex County since 2002. After earning the degrees of bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Rochester, and juris doctor from the George Washington University School of Law, he served 40 years at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C., ending in the position of deputy administrator for legislative and international affairs.

He drafted numerous pieces of legislation that implemented treaties or set up improved patent and trademark laws for the nation, and traveled extensively to help other countries establish laws that would protect both American technology and their own. In addition, he represented the U.S. at a number of diplomatic conferences, and signed several treaties on its behalf. In recognition of his accomplishments, Hoinkes was awarded the Department of Commerce’s Gold Medal.

Hoinkes retains his membership in the District of Columbia bar, and in Washington’s 130-year-old Cosmos Club. Since moving to Middlesex he has affirmed his concern for the community by acting as a board member for the Deltaville Maritime Museum and the River Club; member of the board of managers of the Middlesex Family YMCA; and vice president of the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society. He lives in Hartfield with his wife Mary Elizabeth.

Robins, a native of Gloucester County, lives in Bena with his wife Debbie. He is now retired, but his 35-year career as principal in three Gloucester public schools—Abingdon Elementary, Botetourt Elementary, and Achilles Elementary—made him an excellent choice to represent Gloucester County on the RCC Board, said an RCC spokesperson. He is a member of the Gloucester Advisory Council of the Salvation Army, and of Bethany United Methodist Church in Gloucester Point, and has served on the Guinea Jubilee Committee. 

posted 11.19.2008

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