William F. Kimes
1907 - 1998
William F. Kimes was an educator, author, book collector, and community college admnistrator. He was a graduate of the University of the Pacific, in Stockton, California. He served as assistant superintendent of business for Orange Coast Community College during its first 20 years. Bill and his wife, Mayme, were longtime residents of Newport Beach, and retired in Mariposa and Santa Rosa. The Kimes had two daughters, a son, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Bill Kimes carried out a lifelong passion for the life and work of John Muir. He and his wife Mayme held the largest collection of Muir memorabilia outside an institution. He served as consultant for the PBS production, "John Muir, Earth Planet Universe" and he and his wife are co-authors of John Muir: A Reading Bibliography the foremost reference work for researchers and collectors of John Muir. He and Mayme traveled extensively on the Muir trail and they burro-packed and knapsacked for more than a thousand miles in the High Sierra. They also explored his birthplace in Scotland, his boyhood haunts in Wisconsin and they retraced his trek up the Amazon River and Muir's adventures in Alaska.
Bill was a speaker on John Muir in many venues. For example, in 1980, he gave a presentation, "Honors Come to John Muir in the Land of His Birth," published in The World of John Muir (Stockton: University of the Pacific, 1981).
"Oh, these vast, calm, measureless mountain days, inciting at once to work and rest! Days in whose light everything seems equally divine, opening a thousand windows to show us God. Nevermore, however weary, should one faint by the way who gains the blessings of one mountain day; whatever his fate, long life, short life, stormy or calm, he is rich forever." - John Muir