Dr. Hintz was born Nov. 16, 1937, in Freeport, Ill., to Fred and Lucille Hintz. He graduated from Lena High School in 1955 and received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in architecture from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He later earned his doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University.
While at the University of Illinois, he joined the Corps of Engineers Advanced ROTC. He went on to proudly serve 26 years in the U.S. Army, serving three tours in Korea and two tours in Vietnam. He received the Legion of Merit as a major in 1973 and became a licensed architect in 1974. He met his wife, Chong-Sook, on his second tour to Korea and they married in 1979. He was promoted to colonel in 1981 and retired from the service seven years later.
Dr. Hintz came to NAU in 1988 as vice president of Business Affairs, where he stayed for ten years.
He then moved to Avondale, Ariz., to work for Maricopa County for four years, after which he formed his architectural consulting firm, NCHassociates LLC, in 2003.
After retiring in 2010, he enjoyed improving his golf swing, catching up on his reading, and spending quality time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Chong-Sook Hintz; his daughter, Alisa Hintz; his son, Patrick Hintz and his wife Tarrah; and his grandchildren, Kaleb and Robert Hintz.