In Memory of Lt. Timothy Hull Pinkham

Lt. Timothy Hull Pinkham was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetary on December 30, 2005. He is the father of one of my best friends from The University of Virginia, Daniel Pinkham. Timothy passed away on October 12, 2005, and left behind his wife Marian Chung Pinkham, M.D., daughter Rebecca C. Pinkham, M.D., and Daniel W. Pinkham (future PhD, UVA Physics). The memorial service was held at Fort Myer Chapel followed by the grave side service with full military honors including a 21 gun salute.
It was followed by a reception at the Fort Myer Officer’s Club that was incredible. I can only say that I am blown away by the Pinkham family’s hospitality. What an incredible day.
So how do I feel about this? Obviously I am sad for my friend to have lost his father, but even more so I am saddened in realizing that Mr. Pinkham passed away at 56 years. I had thought that Dan’s dad was quite a bit older, but when I saw that he was born in 1949, doing the quick math, my heart dropped as my parents are both 55 years of age. I remember during college Dan having some rough times, mentioning his dad’s health occassionally. I was saddened last year to learn that it was pronounced to be terminal.
Words cannot say really what my feelings are about yesterday, save that with it, I realized many things. I nearly died April 2, 2005, my friend who’s first initial is J nearly was taken away came along for the funeral as she also knew Dan during our time at UVA, one of my best buds from child hood (Aaron) having some liver issues, and with Mr. Pinkham passing away at such an early age it really just gave me a lot to think about on NYE. On the brighter side of things, the funeral service and reception were very uplifting and hanging out with J for the day was awesome — she’s awesome!


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