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Dr. Marvin Hinds Share

Mar 1, 2017  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

Dr. Mar­vin Hinds was born in Brookville, Indi­ana in 1928, as a twin. In his for­ma­tive years, Hinds’ youth pas­tor encour­aged him to attend Mar­i­on Col­lege, now Indi­ana Wes­leyan Uni­ver­si­ty. There, Hinds received his Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Sec­ondary Edu­ca­tion in 1951. He met his wife while attend­ing col­lege there. After grad­u­a­tion, he joined the Air Force where he was sta­tioned in Biloxi, MS. at Keesler Air Force Base. He grad­u­at­ed from the Radio Oper­a­tor course and then taught elec­tron­ics in the program.

After the Air Force, Hinds chan­neled his inter­est in elec­tron­ics and attend­ed Val­paraiso Tech­ni­cal Insti­tute, where he received anoth­er BS in Elec­tron­ics Engi­neer­ing. He then began work­ing in Hous­ton, TX, at MD Ander­son Hos­pi­tal tele­vis­ing can­cer surgery. Hinds then began work­ing with Bay­lor Col­lege of Med­i­cine stu­dents doing bio­med­ical research. Their pur­suits to obtain their PhDs inspired him to go back to school and obtain his own PhD, so he went to Texas A&M and stud­ied vet­eri­nary phys­i­ol­o­gy. He grad­u­at­ed with his doc­tor­ate in that field in 1971. Short­ly after, he was con­tact­ed by Mar­i­on Col­lege to help launch their nurs­ing pro­gram. With­out know­ing what he would even get paid for doing so, he accept­ed. He moved back to Mar­i­on in 1973, taught anato­my & phys­i­ol­o­gy for the nurs­ing pro­gram, and their first grad­u­at­ing class in the nurs­ing school took place in 1975. Hinds would teach at Mar­i­on Col­lege for the next 23 years of his life in the Depart­ment of Biol­o­gy, also serv­ing as Pre-Med adivsor.

But just one year after mov­ing to Mar­i­on, the entire research team Hinds worked with in Hous­ton moved to Pur­due Uni­ver­si­ty. They invit­ed Hinds to join them doing var­i­ous bio-med­ical research, includ­ing defib­ril­la­tion. He would spend the next 15 sum­mers work­ing with them. It was dur­ing that research study pro­gram, that his group found ways to improve the defib­ril­la­tor in order to lessen the trau­mat­ic effects on the heart. They also per­formed oth­er med­ical research dur­ing those summers. 

My first love was research. When I got the oppor­tu­ni­ty to serve with Pur­due, I knew it was God reward­ing me for being obe­di­ent.” – Dr. Mar­vin Hinds

His work has impact­ed many lives…from the many stu­dents he taught who went on to be nurs­es or doc­tors who have changed lives…that’s a pret­ty far reach that is hard to real­ize. Many say that he was tough on them, but lat­er they thank him. And through his research and devel­op­ment work, my father has improved the qual­i­ty of life for many indi­vid­u­als.” – Kay Alter

Dr. Hinds is the recip­i­ent of Indi­ana Wes­leyan University’s Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment Award (1988) and Dis­tin­guished Senior Alum­nus (1990).

Hinds also has a love for wood­work­ing. He makes wood­en ink pens and sells them or gives them away as gifts. He has also made cab­i­nets, cra­dles, and many oth­er things, includ­ing 40 feet of altars at Col­lege Wes­leyan Church. 

Hinds has vol­un­teered in the Mar­i­on com­mu­ni­ty by serv­ing on com­mit­tees, and lead­ing his church’s senior adult group. He vol­un­teered in that capac­i­ty for near­ly 10 years.

Mar­i­on is a nice friend­ly city. I enjoy the com­mu­ni­ty and activ­i­ties here.” – Dr. Mar­vin Hinds

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