Tue, 12/10/2019 - 10:59am
Dick Kimball was born in 1935 in Rochester, Minnesota. He was the Minnesota high school diving champion four years in a row, and he also excelled in gymnastics, trampoline, and cheerleading. At the University of Michigan, he was the NCAA springboard champion in 1957, and in 1963 he was the Professional World Diving champion. Kimball coached the University of Michigan diving team for 43 years, and several U.S. Olympic diving teams. He has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor.
Dick Kimball was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2018 as part of the Legacies Project.
Ann Arbor News, January 6, 1959
At 'Dimes' Banquet: Chatting informally during last night's banquet at the Michigan Union officially launching the national March of Dimes campaign were (left to right) University President Harlan Hatcher; Dr. Jonas Salk, developer of the polio vaccine bearing his name; Dr. Thomas Francis, jr., U-M epidemiology department chairman who directed the serum evaluation; and Basil O'Connor, National Foundation head.
Dr. Thomas Francis, Jr., Basil O'Connor, and Dr. Jonas E. Salk at press briefing prior to Salk Vaccine Announcement, April 11 1955
Ann Arbor News, April 11, 1955
Polio Report's 'Big Three': Key figures in tomorrow's momentous evaluation report on the Salk polio vaccine are (left to right) Dr. Thomas Francis, Jr., University scientist who heads the evaluation team; Basil O'Connor, president of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis; and Dr. Jonas E. Salk, developer of the vaccine. They are pictured as they were interviewed by newsmen this morning in the Rackham Building.