In Memory

Claude Hinson

Claude Rudolph Hinson, Sr. died May 24th, 2006 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital of pneumonia and congestive heart failure.  He died at the age of 93.

From 1965-1979 Mr. Hinson taught U.S. Government and coached golf at Fort Hunt High School. 

He graduated from Clemson University in 1936 where he was a three-year letterman in football and baseball.  As a baseball coach for Clemson, he still holds (as of 2006) the best winning percentage (.747) with a four year record of 58-19-2.  He was the first coach to take his school to the NCAA Baseball tournament, but lost to Yale University whose first baseman was a young George Bush, Sr.

He served in World War II under General George S. Patton and later served in a Tank Battalion.  He also served in in the Army in the Korean War until 1964, after which he joined the teaching staff of Fort Hunt High School.

He was decorated with a Bronze Star.

He was survived by his wife Helen, two children (one pre-deceased him) and five grandchildren.

We were fortunate to have had such accomplished and patriotic teachers and coaches while we were at Fort Hunt.


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06/24/13 08:24 PM #1    

David Fish (1966)

I remember that Mr. Hinson had the class subscribe to the Washington Post.  It was delivered to the school daily.  We would read it and discuss what was going on in government..  I enjoyed taking his class and ended up majoring in Political Science in college.

David Fish

06/25/13 10:10 AM #2    

Michael Fitzgerald (1976)

Memorizing the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; I thought was so trivial then, yet so important now. I'm glad Mr. Hinson played part of my high school experience.

11/18/17 09:58 PM #3    

Patricia Ann Spaine (1969)

Somehow through his military connections he wrangled an invite for our class to sit in on a Court Martial at Ft Belvoir.  It was a pretty routine Desertion/AWOL case. It was quite enlightening. 


07/01/18 05:53 PM #4    

Robert David Aramony (1975)

Colonel Hinson was a favorite teacher. I never knew his background before now. I hope he is drinking with the "Ruskies". 

08/25/19 03:53 PM #5    

Thomas Stanley Karwaki (1971)

Mr. Hinson provided tremendous insights into the US government and its policies.  He encouraged us to get involved in politics, which I still am after almost 50 years.

11/22/19 12:15 AM #6    

Karin Lindgren (1971)

Col. Hinson was one of my favorite teachers.  I learned so much from his insightful lectures.  I shall never forget his stories of his service during WWII.  He was indeed one of the greatest.  I am honored to have been one of his students.

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