Alan Hinds

Alan Russell Hinds, 79, of Oak Park, died on Oct. 10, 2022. Born in Newport, Rhode Island on Oct. 23, 1942, he graduated from Rogers High School, then earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Brown University and a M.Sc. in Chemical Physics from the University of Chicago. He worked as a computer scientist for Argonne National Laboratory, as a research programmer for the UIC Computer Center and School of Public Health, and as a computer programmer for several Chicago-area companies. He held himself to a very high standard in his work.

He loved going to theater, music, and dance performances across the Chicago area. When he saw a performance that moved him, he would return to see it many times. He was particularly drawn to small theaters that did not have many audience seats or elaborate sets. Some of his fondest memories were of plays at Steppenwolf, Jazz Fest and Blues Fest in Grant Park, and the singing of soprano Judith Norman. In 2014, Alan engaged Ms. Norman to sing a benefit concert to support renovations at Unity Temple.

He always supported progressive causes. He owned and hand-operated a printing press in the 1970s, churning out thousands of leaflets for a range of anti-war and civil rights organizations. His charitable giving included numerous social justice causes, Chicago-area theaters, and public radio, which he enjoyed listening to all day long for many years.

In 2007, he was hit by a taxi when visiting his son in Brooklyn, New York. He sustained several serious injuries, including to his spinal cord, and he worked incredibly hard over the next 15 years, with the help of physical therapists, to be able to walk again and do the things he enjoyed. He loved pizza, especially from Gino’s East, and a good day included a cup of coffee and a chocolate donut from Kay’s Bakery.

Alan was pre-deceased by his wife, Lois Nyberg Hinds. He is survived by his children, David (Lucie), Heather, and Steven, and by his granddaughter Clara who has always known him as “Poppy.”

In lieu of flowers, donations to Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in support of Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation ( or to Doctors Without Borders, are appreciated.

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