R. Hovey Tinsman Jr. Memorial Scholarship


Robert Hovey Tinsman Jr. was born in 1931 in Kansas City, MO. He came to Davenport, IA in 1942 when his father went to work at Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Co.

He graduated from St. Ambrose Academy, then earned a chemical engineering degree from Princeton University in 1953. After a three-year stint in the Navy, he earned a master’s in business administration from  Northwestern University. In 1958, he and his brother, Scott, started Twin State Engineering.

Mr. Tinsman was a Bettendorf businessman and community leader who was the husband of longtime Scott County lawmaker Maggie Tinsman. He was a leader in the effort to raise money for the Bettendorf Learning Campus and was president of the Pleasant Valley School Board. He also was on the board of directors of the former St. Luke’s Hospital, now Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street in Davenport. He also sat on the steering committee of Quad Cities Vision for the Future, an effort coming out of the economic calamity of the late 1980s to position the area for recovery.

Mr. Tinsman, at the age of 79, died after battling cancer for years.

In addition to being a successful businessman, Tinsman was known in Scott County political circles. He managed the campaigns for his wife, Maggie, a Republican who was a state senator for 18 years and, before that, a member of the Scott County Board of Supervisors for 11. Most recently, she chaired the commission advising the legislature and Gov. Terry Branstad on redistricting.

Tinsman married the former Margaret Neir of Moline in 1959, and they have three grown children, Robert Hovey Tinsman III, Heidi Elizabeth Tinsman and Bruce MacAllister Tinsman, and eight grandchildren.


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