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PSS Spring '09 - The Houghton House Renaissance

Colleges Mourn Hobart Student

"It's not the goals scored or the games won; it's more about what you take away from the team." - Warren "Kim" Spering Kimber IV '11

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On February 4, more than 600 members of the HWS community gathered to remember and celebrate the life of Warren "Kim" Spering Kimber IV '11 at Trinity Church in Geneva, N.Y.

Kimber, who grew up in Summit, N.J., and attended the Pingry School, died Jan. 30, 2009 in Geneva, N.Y. He was the grandson of Hobart and William Smith Colleges Trustee Warren S. Kimber Jr. '56. An engaged and energetic member of the campus community, Kimber was a sophomore midfielder on the lacrosse team.

At the Colleges' memorial service, three of Kimber's teammates - Patrick Evans '09, Sam Orr '09 and Michael O'Brien '10 - spoke eloquently about their teammate who, as they said, they loved as a brother, respected as a player and valued as a friend.

"There was a bounce in his step because he was always so excited to be playing," says Head Lacrosse Coach T.W. Johnson, who spoke at the memorial service in Geneva and the Kimber family's service in New Jersey. "When Kim was on the field, he was smiling."

Kimber's lacrosse team now honors him at every game by hanging his jersey behind the benches and wearing his number - 37 - on their helmets.

"He had an intuitive sense of the game; he just loved it," says Johnson. "His camaraderie with his teammates made him an outstanding member of the team - both on and off the field. In his personal essay of application to Hobart, Kim said that in the game of life, he was no sideliner. That's true; he was lively and full of enthusiasm."

President Mark Gearan also spoke at both services, and thanked the entire Kimber family for sharing Kim with HWS. "We thank you for the energy and commitment he brought to our campus. We thank you for his gift for friendship that he shared with his classmates. We will never forget these gifts that all of you gave to Kim and ones which he, in turn, shared with all of us."