Former Ford Institute Director Tunnicliff Dies in Auto Accident

Albion College’s Ford Institute is planning a celebration to honor the life of Kim Tunnicliff, to take place in Albion during the fall 2011 semester. The Tunnicliff family has asked that memorial gifts can be given to Albion College.

Other memorial services are scheduled for July 1, 11 a.m., at Grace Episcopal Church in Oak Park, Ill., and for July 9, 11 a.m., at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Davenport, Iowa.

By Jake Weber

Ford institute director Kim Tunnicliff in 1995Kim Tunnicliff in 1995

Tunnicliff with students, 1991Tunnicliff with students, 1991

The Albion College community was deeply saddened to learn of the death of former staff member Kim Tunnicliff on Thursday, June 16, 2011, following a car accident in Ohio. He was the director of off-campus studies at the College of Wooster.

Tunnicliff served as director of Albion’s Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service (then the Ford Institute for Public Service) from 1985 to 1999. Before taking the directorship, Tunnicliff was a member of Albion’s Political Science Department, teaching courses on international relations, American foreign policy and Soviet politics. In 1988, he also directed the Great Lakes Jerusalem Program in Jordan, Israel and Palestine. Active within the community, Tunnicliff served on Albion’s City Council and as its mayor in the 1990s. As a Democrat, Tunnicliff ran for Congress in 1996.

Tunnicliff left Albion to become vice president of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) in Chicago, and he later served as director of international programs at Augustana College. He joined the Wooster staff in 2010.

Tunnicliff received his B.A. from Macalester College and his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Iowa. He is survived by his wife, Ginny, and three children.

The Albion City Council made an official resolution honoring Tunnicliff's life and civic-mindedness on June 16.

Please share your memories of Kim Tunnicliff below. You may also wish to visit Kim Tunnicliff's Legacy on Facebook.
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