It is with sadness and great respect that we honor the memory of William Kimes, PhD, who passed away Christmas Day. Bill and his talented spouse Jan graced our Midsummer stage together for eight years until last summer when he was too ill to make the trek to Tower. Jan continues writing, directing and is now narrating our annual dinner theater fundraiser. Not only did Bill narrate those many Midsummer shows, he also presented “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”, “Wind in the Willows”, and other theatrical events to benefit the Lake Vermilion Cultural Center. His last presentation was the day before he became ill and may be seen on YouTube.
As Chairman of the Theater Department of Hamline University in St. Paul for 38 years, Dr. Kimes was also noted as a gifted actor and director. A leaded glass window to be installed in the LVCC has been dedicated in his honor along with Jan Kimes and Larry Reynolds, LVCC board member.