BCBA member and former Columbia mayor Darwin Hindman, 86, passed away Monday morning. He was an Air Force pilot and attended the University of Missouri School of Law prior to commencing his legal career.
Darwin served as Columbia’s mayor for fifteen years, 1995-2010, a role he held longer than anyone else. His love for the city in which he was reared shown brightly during his tenure. Perhaps his greatest legacy as mayor are the many projects he launched that contributed to the city’s growth and will continue to be loved by and enrich the lives of Columbia citizens, including the MKT trail, Stephens Lake Park and the ARC.
Darwin had a passion for biking and was frequently seen riding his bike around town. As mayor, he helped secure $25 million of federal funding for local biking and walking projects. He was instrumental in getting the Katy Trail built, which earned him the moniker of ‘father of the Katy Trail.’
We send our heartfelt condolences to Darwin’s wife Axie, their children and families. A memorial service was held Saturday, June 22nd, at the Calvary Episcopal Church on Ninth Street.