Creater of Human Resources Development Center at TU Dr. TJ Pinnock Sr. dies

Dr. Theodore James (TJ) Pinnock Sr.

Dr. Theodore James (TJ) Pinnock Sr., passed peacefully on June 26, 2016 with family and friends by his side in Richmond, Va.

Dr. Pinnock was born James Theophilus Pinnock on March 23, 1923 in Darliston, Westmoreland, a settlement in western Jamaica, to Joseph Samuel Pinnock and Caroline Rebecca Owen.

Dr. Pinnock was a graduate of Knockalva Technical High School in Jamaica, as well as the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (Government Farm School) in Kingston. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tuskegee (Institute) University and he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. 

In the early 1960s he created The Human Resources Development Center at Tuskegee (Institute) University and served as its first executive director. HRDC, the Extension Division of the university, was started with grants that grew to more than $9 million, with the major objective of improving the quality of rural life in Alabama and the southeast. The majority of beneficiaries from this program were African-American. He later worked at Virginia Tech in the Department of Cooperative Extension as a program evaluator. Later, he spent the remainder of his career as a community resource development specialist at Alcorn State University in Mississippi.

In 1966, he prepared “The Results of an Exploratory Study of Functional Illiterates in Macon County, Alabama,” which has been selected by scholars for its culture importance and place in imparting the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. The book is held in numerous university and scholarly libraries across the county, including the Library of Congress.

He received several honors and awards over the course of his prestigious career in recognition of his effort and contributions on improving the life of rural communities and African-Americans in the southern U.S. He was a 2012 inductee of the George Washington Carver Public Service Hall of Fame. The Professional Agricultural Workers Conference (PAWC) was initiated by Booker T. Washington in 1894.

Dr. Pinnock is survived by his wife of 57 years, Harriet Gertrude Bentley Pinnock; his five children, Van Arthur Pinnock, Theodore James Pinnock Jr., Clayton Bentley Pinnock, Burchell Fitzgerald Pinnock and Carolyn Coretta Pinnock; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial Service will be Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. in Tuskegee University Chapel . Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Tuskegee University College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Services, National Hospice Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Association

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