Harry Kenyon Phinney died Nov 9, 1990. He was 72.
He was born in Grafton, WV to Pearl Blaine and Anna Hinkle Phinney. The family moved to Cincinnati in 1929. In 1946 he married Grace E, Scharf. A year later, the couple moved to Corvallis, where they joined the faculty of the botany department at Oregon State College, now know as Oregon State University.
He received a bachelor of science degree from Cincinnati University in 1941, a master of art degree from Albion College in Michigan in 1943, and a doctorate degree from Northwestern University in 1945.
He held a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University from 1945 to 1946. In 1946 and 1947, he was associate curator of cryptograms at the Field Museum in Chicago. He was professor of botany at OSU until his retirement in 1983.
He was a member of the faculty of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Coos Bay during the summers of 1948 to 1957, and of the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport during summers from the early 1960's to 1981. He carried on research in aquatic biology, the algae and palaeobotany, continuing his research after retirement.. His most recent projects were the deepwater flora of Crater Lake and the early history of microscopy.
He was a member of a number of scientific societies including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Phytopathological Society of the Americas, the American Microscopical Society and Torrey Botanical Club.