Richard P. Tinkham Jr.
Graduation Year: 1954
Induction Year: 2002
Sport (s): Men's Basketball, Men's Track & Field

Richard Tinkham is a native of Hammond, Ind., where he became a member of the Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. He played varsity basketball at DePauw from 1952-1954, and was co-captain his senior year. He also ran track, and was Little State Track Champion in the quarter mile, half mile and mile relay from 1951 through 1953. He was a member of the DePauw team that won the Little State Track Championship at Blackstock Stadium in 1953. After graduation from DePauw with a degree in English, Tinkham earned his law degree at University of Michigan in 1957. He served three years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, attaining the rank of captain, and conducting more than one hundred trials as general courts martial counsel in South Carolina. In 1962 he co-founded an Indianapolis law firm that today numbers 70 lawyers. In 1975 he left that firm and began a merger and acquisition practice that specializes in helping small and medium-sized companies deal with the legal and financial complexities of start-up, growth and acquisition. Over the last 25 years he has developed $85 million of funding for closely held companies. In 1967, Tinkham co-founded the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the Indiana Pacers Basketball Franchise, and he served for two years as President of the ABA Board of Trustees. From 1972-75 he was instrumental in the creation of Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. He chaired the ABA merger committee, and helped lead the ABA/NBA consolidation in 1976. In 1987 Tinkham and his wife, Wynn, founded the Food Link, a church ministry which distributes food and other necessities to inner city Indianapolis residents. They received the "Spirit of Indy" award in 1994 from Catholic Social Services. He coached youth soccer for seven years and youth basketball for six years. Tinkham is a former president of the DePauw "D" Association, and he helped bring Wilma Rudolph to DePauw to head the women’s track program. The Tinkhams have been married for 27 years and have seven children and four grandchildren.