To the CCV Community,
With great sadness, I bring news of the passing of a longtime employee of the College, Elmer Kimball. After a yearlong struggle with cancer, and following an unexpectedly fast progression of the disease this past month, Elmer succumbed to complications from stomach cancer on Saturday, September 6. Elmer faced this challenge with courage and determination to the end. The following obituary has been sent to local and state newspapers.
ELMER L. KIMBALL – LINCOLN. Elmer Lyle Kimball, 62, passed away peacefully on Sept. 6, 2014, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT, following a courageous yearlong battle with cancer. Elmer was born in Middlebury, VT, on September 1, 1952 to Elmer and Phyllis (Williams) Kimball. Elmer spent his first three and last 30 years of life as a resident of Lincoln, Vermont, with time in between spent in Brandon, Middlebury, and Philadelphia. A graduate of Otter Valley Union High School, he went on to obtain a B.A. degree in Political Science from UVM, and an M.S. degree in Administration and Management from St. Michael’s College.
After getting his start working for several firms in security and safety, Elmer embarked on a long and fulfilling career in higher education administration at Community College of Vermont, where he served in a succession of roles from 1993 until the final stages of his illness. Beginning as the Chittenden County Office Manager, he oversaw CCV’s initial move to Burlington and then its expansion of downtown facilities as the College grew. For two years he was the VSC Course Administrator for a joint partnership venture between IBM and the Vermont State Colleges. In 1998 his role broadened to CCV’s Manager of Operations, where he administered staff and services of the Registrar, Information Technology, and Facilities units. From 2001 to the present, Elmer served as Executive Director of three academic centers and as Chief Technology Officer for the College. He played a central role in the design and construction of CCV’s award-winning facility in Winooski, where the Chittenden County academic center has been located since 2010.
A kind and gentle soul with a wry Vermont wit, Elmer had an innate sense of comedic timing that belied his otherwise quiet nature. More of a doer than a talker, Elmer was the first to lend a hand when help was needed. He enjoyed spending time with his family, listening to music (Gregg Allman, Jackson Browne, and Bonnie Raitt being some of his favorite artists), and as a lifelong fan of the San Francisco Giants, the game of baseball. Spring was his favorite time of year, prompting frequent family pilgrimages to Florida to watch spring training games. An avid reader with a strong interest in history, Elmer enjoyed reading books on the civil war and biographies of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
Elmer was predeceased by his father, Elmer W. Kimball, and his beloved Corgi, Cassie. He is survived by his wife, Cindy, and son, Matthew; his mother, Phyllis Kimball, of Brandon, VT; four siblings: Marlene Rubeor of Mansfield, TX; Kathy Webb of Burleson, TX; William Kimball of Leicester, VT; and Pamela Reed of Brandon, VT; along with many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and numerous dear friends and colleagues.
One of Elmer’s strongest interests as an administrative leader was the professional development of his coworkers. Elmer was a gifted mentor, noted for his ability to recognize potential and strike the delicate balance as a supervisor between providing support and fostering independence. Among his noteworthy accomplishments at CCV is that so many of the administrative and IT staff under his tutelage have progressed to assume positions of team leadership themselves. In keeping with his love for CCV and his lifelong interest in the support and development of people to their full potential, donations for a scholarship in Elmer’s honor may be sent to the Community College of Vermont, One Abenaki Way, Winooski, VT 05404 or made online.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 20 at 3:00 p.m. at the United Church of Lincoln.