Eugene M. Kinney, 1940
35-year career at the Zenith Radio Corporation, worked tirelessly as a civic leader, and served on Vermont Academy’s Board of Trustees from 1958-1983
Vermont Academy is proud to honor Gene Kinney, class of 1940 with the Florence Sabin Distinguished Alumni Award. Kinney had a successful, 35-year career at the Zenith Radio Corporation, worked tirelessly as a civic leader, and served on Vermont Academy’s Board of Trustees from 1958-1983.
Kinney graduated Dartmouth College, served three years in the Navy, then joined Zenith where he worked as Director, Senior Vice President of Special Products, Senior Vice President of Administration, and President of Zenith’s Hearing Aids. Benefiting the Chicago community and beyond, Kinney held leadership positions at the Lake Shore National Bank, Vivitar Corporation, Evanston Hospital, Henrotin Hospital, the National Association of Hearing and Speech Agencies, the National Hearing Association, Dartmouth’s Alumni Association, and Chicago’s Crime Commission. He was also Chairman of the Board of the Heart of America Challenge, Commodore of the Chicago Yacht Club, an active contributor to the Boy Scouts of America, and has been a member of the Chicago Council of the BSA for more than 25 years. In 1985, the BSA presented Kinney an award for his “outstanding and exceptional service to youth within a regional area.”