James “Pink” Pinkston III

James C. “Pink” Pinkston III

1917 - 2005

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Obituary of James “Pink” Pinkston III

James Conyers Pinkston III, 87, of Corning, New York died peacefully at his home in Corning, New York on Friday, January 7, 2005.

A lifelong resident of Corning, he was the son of Dr. James Conyers Pinkston, Jr. and Natalie Olcott Pinkston. Lovingly known as Pink, he was a graduate of Deerfield Academy and Union College. He joined the 10th Mountain Division, U.S. Army, during WW II and served as a ski instructor at Camp Hale and with the Signal Corps. After the war, he worked at WCLI, Westinghouse, and Sperry Rand prior to joining the Corning Glass Works, where he spent over 25 years in research and development.

Pink enjoyed a long association with the Boy Scouts, first as a scout, and later as leader of Pack 2 and Troop 2 in Corning. He instilled a passion for scouting in his sons and grandsons. An avid skier, he was a founding shareholder at Greek Peak and served on the national ski patrol for many years. Pink shared his enthusiasm for skiing with many and was active with the 10th Mountain Division Association, providing film footage for two documentaries, and donating his equipment to the Vermont Ski Museum.

Pink was a member of the Corning Country Club, participating in many tournaments, assisting every year with the LPGA Corning Classic, and playing annually in the Pro Am benefit. An active member of Christ Episcopal Church, he served on the vestry for many years and enjoyed ushering and greeting the congregation.

Mr. Pinkston is survived by his wife of 56 years Sally, his son Dutch and wife Anne Pinkston of Housatonic, MA, his daughter Pat Pinkston of Warren, VT, his son Bob and wife Weezie Pinkston of Spring TX; his brother Marvin Olcott Pinkston of Denver, CO; grandchildren Jake, Will and Nell Pinkston, Martin Gutierrez, and Hoffman, Wheeler and Bowen Pinkston, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 11th at 11 AM at Christ Episcopal Church in Corning, NY. A reception will follow in the Houghton Lounge. Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Corning has been entrusted with arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made in Pink's name to the Boy Scouts of America, Five Rivers Council, 244 West Water Street, Elmira, NY 14901 or the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation, Inc., 133 South Van Gordon Street, Suite 200, Lakewood, CO 80228.