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Larry Young

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 the Lewis 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. Their assistance will help the project continue to document the history of music at MIT by expanding interviews with current and former music faculty, staff, students, and visiting artists.  The interviews will all be available for listening in the Lewis Music Library.

“Choosing music and the Libraries goes back to what helped me at MIT and later in life,” said Lionel. The music library continues to be a place of peace, comfort and inspiration for MIT’s students, many of whom find there a welcome release from the pressures of the Institute.

“Music has always played an important role at MIT, and future generations entering the library will be touched by the Kinneys’ generosity and vision,” said Music Librarian Peter Munstedt.

With their gift the Kinneys hope their philanthropy will help expand students’ exposure to music. As Lionel noted, “If you give money to a worthy cause, like the Libraries, it’s good for the future.”

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