Stanley B. Kimball

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Stanley Buchholz Kimball (November 25, 1926 – May 15, 2003) was a historian at Southern Illinois University. He was an expert on eastern European history but also wrote on Latter-day Saint history, specifically his ancestor Heber C. Kimball and the Mormon Trail.


Kimball was raised in Farmington, Utah, until he was in junior high school when he moved to Denver, Colorado.

During World War II Kimball served briefly with the United States Army Air Forces at Sheppard Field, Texas.[1]

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), Kimball served as a missionary in Czechoslovakia starting in 1948. When the missionaries were expelled from the country in 1950, he was relocated to England with Stayner Richards as his mission president.[1]

Kimball returned home and completed his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Denver.[2] Kimball then became a director of an art center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. While living in Winston-Salem he married Violet Tew, with whom he would have four children. He then went to Columbia University where he earned a Ph.D. in history, doing his dissertation on the Czech National Theatre in America.[1]

In 1959, Kimball settled in the St. Louis, Missouri area and began teaching at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). He would teach there for 41 years, until his 2001 retirement. Before SIUE, he taught as a student or during summers at schools such as Columbia University, College of the City of New York, Brigham Young University, and Washington University in St. Louis.[1]

After retirement, Kimball moved to St. George, Utah with a major medical problem that limited his professional involvement.[1] Two years later, in 2003, Kimball died of cancer at the age of 76.[3]






  1. ^ a b c d e Ward, Maurine Carr (Spring 2002). "The Maverick Historian: A Conversation with Stanley B. Kimball" (PDF). Mormon Historical Studies. Sandy, Utah: Mormon Historic Sites Foundation. 3 (1): 99–129. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
  2. ^ "1999-2001 SIUE Graduate Catelog" (PDF). Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. 1999. Retrieved 2008-11-17.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b "LDS historian Stanley Kimball dies". Deseret News. Salt Lake City. November 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
  4. ^ a b "MHA Awards" (PDF). Mormon History Association. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2008-11-17.


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