Let the memory of Richard be with us forever
  • 76 years old
  • Born on April 28, 1939 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Passed away on May 9, 2015 in North Venice, Florida, United States.

LEISER,R. KIMBALL -- On Saturday, May 9, 2015, Richard Kimball Leiser, known as ʻKimballʼ, died peacefully at home surrounded by his wife of twenty years, Judith Marsh, and his four daughters. He was 76 years old.

Kimball was born in Rio de Janeiro to Walter Otto Leiser of Dueren, Germany and Mary Rivington Kimball of Bristol,Connecticut. What was intended as a visit to Brazil by his adventurous parents led to more than 44 years residing in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where they raised Kimball, daughter Mary Lou (Brooks) and son Peter Dirk. Kimball attended Yale University and Michigan State University as an undergraduate and completed his MBA at Harvard University.

Early in his professional career, Kimball pursued his love for international living, marketing and business management with positions at W.R. Grace, Pyrex and Corning Glass Works. His daughter, Elizabeth ʻLisaʼ (Kim) was born in Cambridge, MA, followed by Mary ʻMollieʼ in Bogota, Colombia and Catherine (Christopher) and Sandra (Leanne), both in Sao Paulo. After their time in South America, Kimball and his first wife Sarah spent several years in Corning, New York and Selb, Germany, where Kimball held executive positions with Corning Glass Works.

Following his career in the private sector, Kimball pursued his deep commitment to education. He held the position of business manager at George School, an independent Quaker boarding school located in Newtown, Pennsylvania, where three of his daughters attended. His involvement with George School evolved to building a planned giving program that helped seed the institutionʼs endowment and long-term commitment by its donors. During the nearly twenty years supporting George School, Kimball also provided strategic counsel on fundraising and endowment efforts to several independent schools across the country and arts institutions within the Philadelphia area.

Kimball often traveled internationally with his wife Judy, where he enjoyed opportunities to speak the languages he had passionately mastered: German, Portuguese and English. His love for languages included conversational French and Italian along with some Japanese. He enjoyed cycling and competitive sailing and often pursued his love for music and the arts through involvement in various organized choirs.

In addition to his wife and children, Kimball is survived by his stepson Robert Cohen (Sara), his siblings Mary Lou and Peter Dirk, his four grandchildren, Riley, Lewis, Maya and Isabel, his first wife Sarah and his cousin Hans Joachim Teetz.

A private celebration of Kimballʼs life will take place in June in Vermont where his family spent summers over the last generations. In accordance with Kimballʼs wishes, donations may be made to Vermont Hospice Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Kimball may be kindly remembered at icscremationandfunerals.org 

Posted by ICS Cremation And Funeral... on 8th October 2015
R.I.P. Kimball
Posted by Gloria Smith on 24th May 2015
Holding you in the light, Kimball, as you passed, and Judy as she stayed by you, "steady as she goes." Feeling your friendship, sensing your spirit going on ahead, as Brad and I watched the Hatea River flow by, here in Whangarei, New Zealand, glittering in the sunshine as sailing yacht, "Evening Star," pulled into view. And the next day, we got your watercolor painting in the sky, "Kimball's Rainbow" appeared and reminded us of the beauty of passages, changes in light and life. I told you many times, and here once again for the record, I am forever grateful for the opportunities you opened up for me and my family at George School. You were the best "boss" as Business Manager at George School and I am only one of the many people who benefited far beyond imagination from your astute leadership. Aboard s/v "Kindred Spirit"
Posted by Sam Caldwell on 20th May 2015
Dear Kimball, I will miss you. Thank you for your steady friendship, your impish humor, your attention to detail, your incomparable professionalism, and your dedication to the good we could do in the world through our shared passion, planned giving. Thank you for all the years (18?) we taught our planned giving seminar together and for all the notebooks we put together! The thread of our lives joins us together forever. Kudos to you for a life well-lived, my brother and friend. You are in my heart.

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