Sinn, Donald Frederick (1920-2016)

Sinn, Donald Frederick (1920-2016)

Date Updated



Recreation & Leisure Studies

Academic Rank

Professor Emeritus

Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

University of California, Berkeley, 1963-65 EdD

University of California, Davis, 1964

San Jose State University, 1964‑65

University of Michigan, 1957-60

Michigan State, 1957-60

Boston University, 1953-56

New York University, 1950-52

University of Pittsburgh, 1950- 52

Springfield College, 1946-47 MS, high honors

Kent State, 1938-42 BS

Teaching Experience

SJSU, Dept of Recreation & Leisure Studies, 1963-1984

University of New Hampshire, guest lecturer

Michigan State University, guest lecturer

Boston University, guest lecturer

Administrative and Professional Experience

Donald F. Sinn & Associates, CEO, 20+ years

Sports & Recreation Accidents consultant, cases with 95 law firms, 30+ years

Recreation & Park Board, Flint, MI, Superintendent, 6 years

Dept. of Recreation & Parks, Concord, NH, Director, 4 years

Dept. of Parks & Recreation, Newport, KY, Superintendent, 2 years

Sarah Heinz House, Pittsburgh, PA, Physical Director, 3 years

US Air Force, Physical training specialist

US Army Counter Intelligence Corps, World War II, Okinawan Campaign, G-2, 1st Marine Division, Special Agent/CO

US Army Counter Intelligence Corps, Korea, 7th Infantry Division, CO, CIC Detachment, Special Agent/CO

Selected Publications

Numerous articles and papers on recreation safety, risk management for:

National Recreation & Park Association,

American Institute of Park Executives,

California Park & Recreation Society

“Loss of Park Lands & Waters,” Readers Digest

The Loss of Park and Recreation Lands, National Recreation & Park Assn., Arlington, VA.

Editorial Board, Swimming Pools: A Guide to Their Planning, Design, & Operation.

More than 50 consultant studies on park and recreation planning & management.

Personal Commentary

Military Service: World War 11‑‑Commissioned Officer, U.S. Army Air Corps and U.S. Air Force; Special Agent, U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps. Four years service; 17 months overseas, South Pacific; Commanding Officer, CIC, with G‑2, 1st Marine Division, Okinawa; Combat Citation from Commanding General del Valle. Captain, Military Intelligence; Korean War‑‑17 months. Retired Captain, US Army Military Intelligence.

Appointed member of Return to Okinawa Commemoration Committee, First Marine Division Association (5 members in U.S.) 1994 to plan the 50th Anniversary of Okinawa Campaign‑‑June 1995.

Represented First Marine Division Assn; gave Memorial Address, Camp Butler Marine Base, Okinawa, June 22, 1995 in honor of Shun Castle Flag‑Raising (note: was in charge of the Shun Castle Flag‑Raising May 31, 1945; Flag preserved in Marine Corps Historical Center, Washington, D.C.).

Recreation‑Park Planning/Management Consultant and Project Director at all levels of U.S. Government and private agencies; also overseas: Hawaii, Guam, Japan, Korea and Africa.

Advisor/consultant to 90 + law firms in 10 states and 300 assignments re sports and recreation accidents covering 30 years.

Member of volunteer band (Troubadours) playing pro bono at 14 + nursing homes, convalescent hospitals and retirement centers (75‑100 performances per year) for past 5 years. Playing guitar, banjo and harmonica.

Volunteer consultant to VITA (Volunteers in Technical Assistance) with projects in South Dakota Indian Reservations; Ivory Coast, Africa; Madagascar (Park Management Consultant to Madagascar government re national park policies and safety/risk management, 1996‑‑one month).

Hobbies/Interests varied: Painting; photography; woodworking; camping; music; writing; retired wrestling official (22 years).

Date Completed:11/96

Active Athlete most of my life

High school

Earned letters in 4 sports

Elected to Jackson Milton (Ohio) Hall of Fame


Kent State University, wrestling, 2 times interstate champion runner-up


Battle of Okinawa, awarded combat citation from Major General Pedro del Valle, Commanding General, 1st Marine Division, 1945

Age 85 Green Mt College, Vermont, Senior Olympian, won 6 gold medals

Age 92 Founder/President Emeritus, Sun City Guitar “Class” (club)

Date Completed:4/30/12

Adapted from: Biographies of Retired Faculty San Jose State University 1997: A Project of the Emeritus Faculty Association of San Jose State University. San Jose, CA: The University, 1997.


Sinn, Donald Frederick (1920-2016)