April 2, 2009 Volume CXXV Issue 8

College, community remember Kim Summers

By TORI BACHMAN-JOHNSON
News Editor

Richard Kimball (Kim) Summers, husband of Sheila Owens Summers, died Sunday, March 29, 2009. He was 65.

Kim Summers is survived by his wifeSheila.

Kim Summers is survived by his wifeSheila.

Mr. Summers was born May 17, 1943 in Flint, Mich. to the late Harry and Mary Calham Summers. He was a member of the Georgetown Tourism Commission, an Honorary Lambda Chi, and a Vietnam Veteran. He began his career at GC in 1987 as Evening Line Supervisor and was eventually named Director of Dining Services. In 1997, Mrs. Summers joined the college staff in the area of campus mail, and in 1999, Mr. Summers was promoted to Associate Director of Auxiliary Services, a position he held until his passing. His smiling face often greeted patrons of the Store. Mr. Summers truly embodied the spirit of Georgetown College. His genuine love for Tiger Athletics and the Tiger Bands was evidenced both in his life and in his passing.

Mr. and Mrs. Summers made countless trips to support these groups, attending athletic events and chaperoning band trips. Director of Tiger Bands Dr. Pete LaRue reflected on Summer’s life. “Kim Summers was my hero. Kim Summers was my friend. So many, many wonderful memories of times we shared on campus and on our many band trips…they all wash over me now,” said LaRue. “The Georgetown community will remember Summers for his love for students, care for faculty and concern for staff members that knew no bounds.”

Dr. Todd Gambill, VP of Student Life and Dean of Students, had this to say about Summers: “Kim will be missed professionally and personally. Despite his recent health challenges, he remained upbeat, professional and gracious. I will miss his sense of humor, his dignity and his Georgetown spirit.” Dustin Brown, Manager of Publishing and Duplicating, also appreciated Summers’ attitude. “I admired Kim’s work ethic. He was always to work early and always stayed late and never complained. He enjoyed coming to work everyday and spending time with his family here at Georgetown. “Not only was he my co-worker, but close friend, as well as mentor. I will certainly miss exchanging stories about our lives and learning about Kim’s past life experiences and seeing how Kim became the amazing person he was. Kim was always there for me and willing to listen to whatever it was going on in my life.”

Likewise, President Crouch remembers Summers’ postivity. “I have a new definition of positive attitude that I would like for Webster’s Dictionary to include in their next edition. That definition is simply Kim Summers,” said Dr. Crouch. “What a force of good he was on this campus, and he gave it all right up to the end of his life. We all can learn about servant leadership from this remarkable man.”

Kim Summers and his wife, Sheila, sit with the band during an athletic event.

Kim Summers and his wife, Sheila, sit with the band during an athletic event.

Summers is survived by children; Jaime Summers of Lexington, Ky.; Richard Anthony Summers of Atlanta, Ga.; Joseph Brian Summers of Cross City, Fla.; and their mother Maria Teresa Soto De Summers; Rick Summers of Georgetown, Ky.; and Brian Paul Summers of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and their mother Theresa Lynne Coats Summers. Step children; Dewayne Stakelin and Kevin Stakelin both ofGeorgetown, Ky.; Robin Allen of BatonRouge, La.; and Steven Honaker of Nicholasville, Ky. Summers is also survived by ten grandchildren and his sister Sue Chaitkin of Franklin, N.C. He was preceded in death by daughter Anna Maria Summers.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at John L. Hill Chapel with Rev. Kenneth Holden and Dr. William Crouch officiating. Pallbearers were members of the Georgetown College Athletic Department. Honorary bearers were his grandchildren. The family is accepting memorial offerings for the Tiger Band in lieu of flowers. The campus community has been greatly diminished by the loss of Summers.

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