Kimball was born in Boston and grew up in the Boston suburb of Weston, Massachusetts. He attended public school in Weston from kindergarten through 12th grade, and then attended Amherst College, graduating in 1967. As a summer camp counselor and camper in Maine, Kim earned his Senior Lifesaving and Water Safety Instructor certificates and loved all water sports.
Immediately after college, Kim enlisted in the Navy and chose to become an Underwater Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Officer, requiring an extra year of training in SCUBA, mixed gas and related diving skills, plus training in defusing bombs, mines, and torpedoes. He served one “in-country” tour in Vietnam working in the Mekong and Cua-Viet Rivers and served a second “at-sea” tour in the South China Sea.
After his 3-year Navy stint, Kim received his law degree (JD) on the GI Bill, and later while working earned an LLM in Taxation from Boston University. Kim practiced law in Boston from 1974 through 1980 and then moved to St. Louis where Kim has practiced law, and resided, since 1981.
Way back in his Freshman year at Amherst (1963-1964), Kim had the great good fortune to meet his future bride Lisa, a young woman from St. Louis who was attending nearby Smith College. They married in 1970 after Kim had completed his last overseas tour. They were blessed with six children, four boys and two girls. In 2020, Lisa and Kim celebrated their 50th year of marriage.
In 1982, Kim and Lisa suffered the tragic drowning death of their two-year-old son, Nicholas. In the aftermath of surviving deep grief and rearing their five surviving children, it was in memory of Nicholas that in 2019, Lisa and Kim founded “Safer Waters In Memory - Of Nicholas” (SWIM ON Foundation).
Swim On’s focused mission is “to eliminate drowning by raising awareness of the dangers of drowning, providing information on the layers of protection that prevent drowning, and implementing programs that help to reduce drowning”. Few parents know that drowning is the leading cause of death for kids aged one to four. Yet drowning is preventable. The SWIM ON Foundation is determined to make a difference.