Kingsley inducted into Lifetime Service Society


The University of Rhode Island recently inducted 10 retirees with at least 40 years of service into its Lifetime Service Society during ceremonies outside the Robert L. Carothers Library and Learning Commons.

The Lifetime Service Society was established three years ago to honor to those who have given much of their lives to the University. During the ceremonies, President David M. Dooley presented each recipient with a plaque, and the recipients also received certificates from Congressman Jim Langevin, Governor Gina Raimondo and the General Assembly. In addition, a commemorative brick with each person’s name and years of service was unveiled on the library plaza.

With this year’s inductees, 107 former employees have been entered into the society, which honors those with 40 or more years of service to the University.

“At URI, we talk about building a vibrant and inclusive community,” Dooley said. “One way to achieve such a goal is to have faculty, staff and administrators who are dedicated to serving the University with their talent and energy. Those we honor here today have brought their skills, commitment and sacrifice to the University for not just years – but decades. And we are better for it. As the University grows and becomes even more dynamic you remind us of the traditions and rich contributions URI has made to the state, nation and world. Thanks to you for imparting the values of dedicated and cheerful service to our community. You are among the people who have played a major role in making the University what it is today.”

Among the honorees this year was GSO’s Richard Kingsley. Beginning as a research assistant in 1973, Kingsley had a 41-year career at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. He has the distinction of having received all three of his degrees from the University of Rhode Island (bachelor’s degree in geology, master’s degree in oceanography and doctorate in oceanography). Kingsley earned the two graduate degrees while he was employed at GSO.

He participated in seven oceanographic research expeditions collecting Mid-Ocean Ridge basalts. He, along with GSO Professor Emeritus Jean-Guy Schilling, is responsible for defining the trace element and isotopic contents of Mid-Ocean Ridge basalts. Kingsley has authored or co-authored more than 52 journal articles and presentations, and supervised and instructed work-study students, graduate students and fellow employees in geochemical and instrumental laboratory procedures. Richard enjoys sailing and gardening.

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Photo: Richard H. Kingsley of Jamestown receives his framed Lifetime Service Society certificate from URI President David M. Dooley. URI photo by Michael Salerno Photography.