Lionel and Vilma Kinney
“Music was a very important part of my life here
at MIT," said Lionel Kinney ’53. As a trumpet
player and general manager of the Combined Music Clubs
at MIT, he gained skills that helped him during his forty-year
career at the industrial tractor company Caterpillar.
When he and his wife, Vilma, a former librarian, began
to consider their estate plans, the work of the Rosalind
Denny Lewis Music Library was a natural fit.
The Kinneys have included a bequest to
Music Library and the Music Section of SHASS in their
estate plan—naming MIT the beneficiary of Lionel’s
employer retirement plan. “We want to help others,” said
Vilma. Both she and Lionel noted that they trust MIT
to put the funds to good use.
To support the Library’s work in preserving musical
heritage, the Kinneys also made an outright gift to the
Music at MIT Oral History Project.
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