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Col Lincoln Keeney Adkins

Col Lincoln Keeney Adkins

Death 11 Nov 1963 (aged 85)
Burial Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Section H, Site 885
Military COL, US ARMY
Memorial ID 260578 · View Source
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Lincoln Keeney Adkins, 85, chairman of the mathematics department of La Crosse State Teachers College for 33 years before his retirement, died at Veterans Hospital in Madison Monday afternoon, Nov 11th.

Professor Adkins served as head of the mathematics department from 1916 to 1949. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Nashville and the University of Chicago, receiving his Master of Science degree from Chicago in 1911. He continued his graduate work at the University of Minnesota and Columbia Teachers College

He taught in secondary and elementary schools until 1910 when he became an instructor at Carnegie Tech. The following year he accepted a similar position at the University of Minnesota where he taught until 1916.

He was active in veteran's affairs and organizations. He served in both the Spanish American War and World War I. and was a member of the Officers Reserve Corps, with 33 years of military service. He was a Sergeant in the Spanish American War, and rose to the rank of Captain in World War I.

He completed his first officers' training course in artillery at Fort Monroe, Virginia and the first Army heavy artillery school course, with the American Expeditionary Force in Mailly, France. Later elevated to the rank of Colonel, he attended a three-month course at the Command and General Staff School in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. During 1934-35 he served as a member of the executive committee of the Reserve Officers Association of the United States.

He was a member of many scientific societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Council of Mathematics Teachers, Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society. His name was carried on the "National Roster of Scientific and Specialized Personnel.

Lincoln and his wife, Anne, both enjoyed hunting and fishing. Fishing on the Mississippi River was a favorite event shared by them both. Lincoln once explained to his grandson "there's fishin' and there's fishing". "Fishing you actually bait the hook."

His sister Alice Dean Adkins (West) is buried in Arkansas. Find A Grave Memorial# 48220448

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  • Maintained by: Dan Graves
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 260578
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Col Lincoln Keeney Adkins (24 Sep 1878–11 Nov 1963), Find A Grave Memorial no. 260578, citing Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Dan Graves (contributor 46984241) .