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1/1/2007 Where are they now? Pat Jones, Clancy Hinrichs


Pat Jones, professor emeritus of French, spent her career teaching French at Linfield. So it came as no surprise that when she retired from the college in 1995 she packed her bags and headed to France.

As a professor, Jones traveled to France in the summer every three to four years but retirement offered her the option of more in depth travel at her leisure. She has enjoyed several long stays in France, both in Provence and Le Lot. During her most recent trip last summer, she explored the southern countryside and visited local markets and villages.

"It's fun to go back and speak French," said Jones, who lives in McMinnville. "I find people very friendly and open in the southern part of France."

Closer to home, Jones has taken part in several Elderhostel travel experiences, group trips that combine travel and education, around the United States. She studied the French aspect of the Cajun culture in Lousianna and has also gone to Georgia.

When she's not traveling, Jones is an avid supporter of the Linfield Chamber Orchestra, and served on the board for many years. As a member of the local Shakespeare Club, she is a regular attendee of the Linfield alumni trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. She attends the Portland Opera and is an active member of the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in McMinnville.

Even in McMinnville, Jones finds a way to entwine France into her day-to-day life. For years, she has led a French class for her friends.

And though Jones' visits to Linfield may not be as frequent as they once were during her faculty years, she returns for occasional lectures and musical events.

"As a faculty member, I practically lived on campus," she said. "I enjoyed it a lot, and I miss my contact with the students."


Clancy Hinrichs '57, professor emeritus of physics who served 33 years on the Linfield faculty, devoted his career to physical science. Now in retirement, he's turned his attention to social science instead.

Hinrichs, who retired in 1999, volunteers as a community chaplain with the Oregon Department of Corrections Religious Services Division, helping men and women after they're released from prison. His main goal is to connect released inmates with support services in the community.

"Our communities are safer if ex-offenders have someone who takes an interest," he said. "We want to help them make a successful transition into community. They're valuable citizens."

During his first year of retirement, Hinrichs wrote a quantum mechanics textbook, which Joelle Murray, associate professor of physics, uses in her Linfield classes. Since then, he's turned his attention to faith-based activities, initially starting a Bible study in the Yamhill County Jail.

"I realized very quickly the inmates need help when they get out because they kept coming back in," he said. "I decided I would do what I could to help them succeed.

"They come out of prison with nothing. No money, place to live, no job, no telephone, no address, no clothing, no transportation. We're asking them to get their lives back together. It's very overwhelming."

Hinrichs has also established Hope Reentry Services, a nonprofit corporation that provides assistance such as lodging, clothing and transportation to men and women recently released from jail or prison.

Most recently, Hinrichs has become involved with Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA). The program is based on a small group that serves as a support and accountability systems for ex-offenders. Hinrichs is currently developing a COSA program for the Oregon Department of Corrections. He is writing a training manual and training community members.

"It's been successful," he said. "The rate of recidivism is almost zero. Ex-offenders respond very well."

When Hinrichs is not volunteering, he can often be found at Linfield. He is a regular at the gym, library and sporting events.

"I often reflect that I can't imagine a more fulfilling career than what I had at Linfield," he said. "Some days I can hardly believe that I was that fortunate and blessed."