03 Jul Farewell Tribute to Alice Hinton, B.S., RRT
Alice died peacefully at home on June 16, 2018.
Farewell Tribute to Alice Hinton, B.S., RRT
Alice Hinton, a well- known Respiratory Therapist in Tucson, as well as statewide passed away on June 16, 2018. She was known for her achievements and contributions to the field of Respiratory Therapy. She graduated from Pima Community College with an Associate of Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy in 1974 and later pursued her Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Saint Francis University (Joliet, IL).
Her career started at Tucson Medical Center in 1974 and she worked there until her retirement in 1994. Alice moved through the ranks, working as a staff therapist, day shift supervisor then moving into management, becoming the Assistant Respiratory Therapy Director then holding the position as Department Director in 1986. During her leadership, Alice was a big advocate of AARC Membership and the RRT Credential. Alice was always known for her smile, kindness and caring for everyone she met. She held many lasting friendships, new and old.
Volunteer work was at the center of Alice’s heart. Alice loved the Respiratory Therapy profession and kept very active. Since 1981, she had volunteered with the AzSRC, holding positions as Board of Director and chairperson for the Seminar Planning Committee held in Tucson for numerous years. She sat on the PMI Tucson Advisory Board as Chairperson for many decades. She was involved in the development of the State Sputum Bowl in its infancy and formed the AzSRC Continuing Education Committee when Arizona licensure became effective in 1990. She continued to co-chair the CEU committee even after retirement until the fall of 2017. In recognition of all her hard work, Alice was awarded the AzSRC Therapist of the Year in 1993, and in 2004 honored with the AzSRC Lifetime Membership Award for her outstanding achievement and dedication to the field.
Once asked about fond memories of her career she responded with a smile, “Wheeling O2 cylinders and PR-II’s down the long hallway for breathing treatments….boy, we’ve come a long way!” Her final words of wisdom of the field she loved so much, “I am proud of the people in the profession, what our profession is doing and the growth of the RT profession.”
Her professionalism, knowledge, friendship, mentorship, spirit for Respiratory Therapy, spirit for people, smile and energy will certainly be missed. Rest in Peace Alice.
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Dove of Peace Lutheran Church
665 West Roller Coaster Road
Tuscon, Arizona 85704
Friends, co-workers, ALL are welcome