Alumni and staff of the Ford Institute were stunned this past June by the untimely passing of former director Kim Tunnicliff. Tunnicliff died in an automobile accident while traveling from Chicago back to his home in Wooster, Ohio, where he was the director of off-campus studies at the College of Wooster. Tunnicliff's legacy at Albion will continue for future generations, as the Tunnicliff family and the Ford Institute recently announced the creation of the Dr. Kim Tunnicliff Memorial Fund at Albion College.
The Tunnicliff Memorial Fund will encourage Albion College students to explore their world through travel, experiential learning, and reflection, principles espoused by Tunnicliff throughout his life.
The fund will be announced to a broader audience during a Celebration of Life gathering commemorating Tunnicliff on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 10 a.m. to noon in Upper Baldwin Hall. The event is open to all who wish to attend and share their experiences--of Tunnicliff as the director of the Ford Institute, as an active member of the Albion community where he lived with his family for 15 years, or just as a friend in any other capacity.
Originally appointed at Albion in 1984 as a faculty member in political science, Tunnicliff led the Ford Institute from 1985 to 1999. He also directed Albion College's Great Lakes Jerusalem Program in 1988, spending a semester in Jordan, Israel, and Palestine with students.
Dedicated to the vibrancy of the local political process, Tunnicliff served on Albion's City Council in the 1990s, including one term as mayor. He involved a number of "Fordies" as his campaign staff during a run for the U.S. Congress, narrowly losing to an incumbent candidate. Tunnicliff left Albion to become vice president of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. He later served as director of international programs and associate professor of political science at Augustana College from 2007 to 2010 and then joined the College of Wooster in 2010.
Memorial services for Tunnicliff were held in Davenport, Iowa (his home state) and Oak Park, Ill., and a Celebration of Life service was offered at the College of Wooster. Tunnicliff is survived by his wife, Ginny, and three children.
For information on contributing to the Dr. Kim Tunnicliff Memorial Fund, please contact Mark Neisler, '94, director of development in the Office of Institutional Advancement, at 517/629-0237 or
. Gifts can be made online, or checks may be made payable to Albion College and mailed to Institutional Advancement, Albion College, 611 E. Porter St., Albion, MI 49224.