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Tinny Though he is 90, most of us could only wish for the enthusiasm and energy of John Tinny '48.

Tinny has just published The Briar Patch, a spy novella that draws on his years as a Foreign Service officer for the U.S. Department of State. He spends his days promoting the book, making appearances and, as often as possible, visiting his beloved UT to reminisce and marvel at the new buildings mushrooming around Plant Hall.

"In 1943, all classes were in Plant Hall as it was the only building of any consequence. Now to step out the door is to enter a new academic world. The growth is truly amazing," he said.

Behind his intense brown eyes is the hint of a rogue and a life well-lived. Tinny's aura of adventure follows him like a specter hiding around every corner.

"My life has been exciting, and I owe it all to pure dumb luck," he said.

In 1942, Tinny and three friends and fellow high school seniors were eager to apply for the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps program (V-1), but couldn't because applicants were required to be college students. Then they heard that UT would accept their high number of credits for enrollment.

They enrolled at UT in February 1943. Receipts in hand, they marched across Lafayette Street (now Kennedy Boulevard) to the Navy recruiting office and enrolled in the V-1 program. Until ordered to active duty, they commuted between classes at the University and Hillsborough High School. All in all Tinny completed a full year at UT. (He eventually finished his undergraduate degree elsewhere and earned two master's degrees in political science and library science.)

While in the U.S. Navy in 1950, he met and married Harriette Josephine Hicks, who served in the Navy WAVEs (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). Both Tinny and his wife were descendants of Florida pioneers and Revolutionary War patriots. Josephine Tinny was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution for 60 years until her death in 2014, and John Tinny is a 50-year member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

His naval career eventually led to a career with the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service beginning in 1955, and he was posted to embassies in Cairo and Beirut, and to consulates in Honduras, Yemen and finally Libya, where he was the American consul.

Tinny's career catapulted him into the world of spies and espionage. In the Middle East, Tinny found himself embroiled in the growing Arab revolution. During his time as consul in Libya, Egyptian commandos infiltrated the country and bombed the Consular Residence. His three sons were at home and narrowly escaped being killed.

After leaving the Foreign Service in 1973, Tinny worked for Occidental Petroleum Corp. and Conoco Inc. oil company, then as a librarian from 1986 to 2008.

Although Tinny attended several universities to complete his education, his heart belongs to UT.

"UT has a definite sophistication and unique environment of learning," said Tinny. "My early days at UT fostered in me an attitude that all things are possible. That attitude has stayed with me all of my life."

Tinny recently created an endowed scholarship at UT, the H. Josephine Tinny Pioneer Memorial Endowed Scholarship, to honor his late wife of 63 years. In addition, he decided to add to his scholarship through his estate.

"Josephine was born in Tampa and shared my enthusiasm for UT, although she didn't study there," said Tinny. "I hope for many years to come students will benefit from her scholarship."

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to The University of Tampa a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

Bequest Language

The official legal bequest language for The University of Tampa is: "I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to The University of Tampa [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose." 

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to The University of Tampa or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate, or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the gift tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to The University of Tampa as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to The University of Tampa as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and The University of Tampa where you agree to make a gift to The University of Tampa and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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