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Obituary of Edward Kimball – Orlando, FL (1920-2015)

Kimball, Edward died on August 16 at the age of 95 in Winter Park, Florida. Mr. Kimball was born on July 25, 1920 in Weirsdale, Florida to Harvey Kimball and Agnes Grace Simpson. After graduating from Mount Dora High School in Florida, his life path led him to many parts of the world as an agricultural industrialist. He attended Penn State, but left when David Burpee of the Burpee Seed Company asked to go to Costa Rica in 1942 to research seed development projects. From there he took a job in a branch of the Office of Inter-American Affairs (Food Production Division) in Panama and in 1944 joined the Army Quartermaster Corps in the Panama Canal Zone. In 1945, the Corps stationed him in Guatemala, where he met his wife, Holly June Mitchell. They married six months later in Montclair, New Jersey. In early 1947, Kimball took a job with a Rockefeller organization, International Basic Economy Corporation (IBEC), which sent him and his wife to Venezuela, where they lived for twelve years and where his two children were born. In 1961 he joined the International Paper Co. as Vice President of the Overseas Division with management responsibility at companies worldwide. From 1969 to 1973 he again worked for IBEC, and in 1974 Vice President Nelson Rockefeller hired him to manage his ranches in Latin America, where Kimball was his right-hand man until 1977. When Rockefeller left office, Kimball retreated to Florida to operate there. his own citrus growing company together with foreign investors. By 1989, he had liquidated all businesses and focused on the Kimball Foundation, a philanthropic public foundation he and his wife Holly had created to fund charities primarily in Central Florida. At age 71, he started a nonprofit venture called Harvest Help to grow vegetables on a plot on Lake Apopka, where he almost single-handedly produced more than 71 tons of food for local food kitchens over three years. He became fascinated with the early archaeological history of Central Florida and Vermont and eagerly pursued that interest in his later years. He spent most summers with his family and relatives in Wallingford, Vermont, tending the fields and woods. He is survived by his son Ed and daughter-in-law Kathy, daughter Carla and three grandchildren (Jon, Tim and Kriss). His wife Holly predeceased him in 2013 after 67 years of marriage. His two brothers Tom and Don, and sister Ada, also predeceased him. A celebration of his life will be held at the Oakland Nature Preserve in Oakland, Florida on Saturday, August 29 at 10:00 AM. Donations in his memory may be made to The Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland FL 34787 or to the Environmental Law Center, Vermont Law School, PO Box 96, South Royalton VT 05068.

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