Dr. Kim H. Tunnicliff was killed early Thursday, June 16, in a head-on collision near Mansfield, Ohio. He was on his way back to his home in Wooster, Ohio following a visit with his family in Oak Park, Illinois.
Memorial services will be held on July 1st at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Oak Park and on July 9th at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Cathedral in Davenport, Iowa.
Kim was born in Davenport on November 7, 1954 to Philip and Nancy Tunnicliff. He received his BA in history and political science from Macalester College and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Iowa. He married Virginia (Ginny) Blum on January 7, 1984 in Hampton, Iowa.
Kim was a man of many interests and led a rich, full life. His defining characteristics included a scholarly temperament, an acerbic wit, a towering devotion to his family, a passionate belief in public service, and a conviction that world travel- especially for young people-was the foundation for cross-cultural understanding on which peace and understanding could be built.
Throughout his career he worked to develop experiential and international educational experiences for college students. From 1985-1999, Kim served as Director of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Service at Albion College in Albion, Michigan, where he also taught International Relations, American Foreign Policy and Soviet Politics. In 1988, he directed the Great Lakes Jerusalem Program in Jordan, Israel and Palestine. He served on the Albion City Council from 1994-99 and served as mayor from 1997-99. In 1996, he was the Democratic Party nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in Michigan?s 7th district.
In 1999, Kim became Vice-President of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest in Chicago and had administrative responsibility for study abroad programs in Russia, Costa Rica, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Tanzania. He was theDirector of International Studies at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois from 2007-2010. In 2010, he was appointed Director of Off-Campus Studies at the College of Wooster.
Kim worked tirelessly mentoring students for academic programs abroad, overseeing the development and implementation of undergraduate studies programs around the world. He was liked and admired by his academic colleagues and by the many students he served while at Albion, ACM, Augustana and The College of Wooster. His career took him all over the world, overseeing programs in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, and Australia.He had a voracious appetite for reading, a love of old movies, a long standing devotion to the Chicago White Sox and a recently cultivated enthusiasm for the Vancouver Canucks. Kim loved spending time with his family. Recently, while talking with a friend about his three children, he said, ?Well, they?re all smart-alecks and they all know how to play Bridge, so my job is done!?
Kim?s is survived by his loving wife Ginny and their children Alison, Graham and Ian, of Oak Park, IL; a brother Scott (Melita) Tunnicliff of Bettendorf, IA; his mother Nancy Tunnicliff of Davenport, IA; plus numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Philip H. Tunnicliff in 1984.
Memorials may be made to theKim Tunnicliff Memorial Fund at Albion College, the Kim Tunnicliff Family Fund for Hydrocephalus Research at the University of Chicago Hospitals or The College of Wooster.
McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster assisted the family.
Kim Tunnicliff Memorial Fund at Albion College, the Kim Tunnicliff Family Fund for Hydrocephalus Research at the University of Chicago Hospitals or The College of Wooster
Memorial services will be held on July 1st at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Oak Park and on July 9th at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Cathedral in Davenport, Iowa