1928 — 2015
Professor Clyde Kimball passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on June 3, 2015, in Corvallis, Oregon, where he had retired with his wife and partner, Joan Truckenbrod.
The joyful memories of intellectual pursuits, artistic endeavors and creative explorations sustains the community of many people touched by Clyde Kimball.
Clyde was such an amazing and special person for all of us. He touched so many people with his support, generosity and mentoring, supporting colleagues and graduate students with funding, encouragement and confidence in their ideas and projects. His passion for NIU faculty and students, as well as his own research, radiated throughout the community.
He continued to read and discuss new ideas each day. We went out to bookshops, coffee shops, concerts, poetry readings, movies and musical theatre. We also loved going to the coast, usually for 10 days at a time. Our hotel was right on the ocean so he could watch the waves as he sat next to the fireplace — which he so loved. Room service delivered breakfast, and then we sampled fresh fish in a variety of local restaurants. Clyde and Joan have many friends in Corvallis and have enjoyed their company at various dinners on patios and in restaurants. Clyde exchanged articles and books with many friends — educators, engineers, artists and designers.
His passing was very unexpected. His bills are in a neat pile to be paid. He had just ordered another book that had not arrived, and his Science magazines are piled ready to read. He had just ordered a model airplane like the one he built when he was a kid. He had just ordered a hand-colored print. And, he was so pleased with his new wheelchair that had just arrived a few days earlier, as he told a friend from Illinois.
Clyde Kimball is survived by his wife and partner, Joan Truckenbrod, an artist; and his brother-in-law Ron Sharman of Corvallis. His children include Emily Truckenbrod, Head of Vocal Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Karen Kimball, an Attorney in Wynantskill, New York; and Paul Kimball, Head of the Science Program at Northeastern Iowa Community College. He is also survived by his brother, Paul Kimball; grandsons Jeff Kimball-Spear, Will Kimball-Spear and Aidan Truckenbrod; and a number of very special nieces and nephews. He is greatly treasured by a wide circle of friends and relatives and will be greatly missed.