Kimber Allen Wald

April 24, 1935 ~ May 22, 2020 (age 85)


Kimber Allen Wald (Kim) was born in Fairview Park, Ohio to Lewis A. Wald and Evelyn (nee Kimber) Wald.  He was baptized at age 2 but did not become a Christian until the age of 19.  He was a lifelong Lutheran.  Kim graduated from Ohio State University in 1957 with a degree in Business Administration.  In 1971 he earned a Master’s degree in Sociology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  Kim’s health had been declining for a number of years and he had spent the last 18 months in a long term care facility.  The quarantine from the Covid-19 virus was difficult for the entire family but we were able to do FaceTime with him until the virus found him.  He died four days after being diagnosed.  Kim is survived by his wife Nancy Ruth (nee Bauer) Wald, to whom he was married for 61 years.  They had four sons: Jonathan Mark (Susan) of Churchville, MD, Christopher Allen of Woodbine, MD, Jeffrey David (Kina) of Portland, TN, and Eric Kimber (Melody) of Columbia, MD, as well as eight grandchildren: Cheryl Marie, Elizabeth Ann (Deceased), Christopher Calvin (CJ), David Jonathan, Kimberly May, David Robert, Jacob Kimber, and Lucas Alexander.   

Kim worked for several insurance companies as an underwriter before accepting a job at the City of Cleveland, where Carl B. Stokes was the first black mayor of a major city.  Kim and Carl became friends through civil rights activities, in which both were active.  Kim’s positions with the city were Executive Secretary to the Finance Director, Purchasing Commissioner, and finally Director of the Office of Budget and Management. 

The family moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1971 where Kim took a job with the State Insurance Department as Deputy Insurance Commissioner.  He administered a consumer protection agency.

In 1978 the family relocated to the Washington, D.C. area where he took a position with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  There he served as project officer for various government contracts including the Federal Crime Insurance Program, the National Flood Insurance Program, and the Telephone Response Center.  He retired in 2004.

Kim was a champion for social justice and had a heart to serve people. While still in the Cleveland area, he was a co-founder and board member of Lutheran Metro Ministry which focuses on Housing and Shelters, Health and Wellness Services, and At-risk Youth.  In Maryland he also volunteered as an Ombudsman for Howard County where he visited nursing homes as an advocate for the elderly.

After moving to the D.C. area the family joined the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Olney, Maryland where Kim taught Sunday School and Crossways classes and served a term as president of the church.  He was a board member and chairman at Lutheran Social Services/National Capital area and was also a co-founder, and chairman of Hispanic Lutheran Mission Society of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.

Kim was an avid stamp collector all of his life and won many top awards in stamp shows in a number of states and published a book about his hobby. 

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