Donald Russell Kimel ’51

Donald Russell Kimel ’51 died on July 2, 2004, in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Born on February 22, 1929, in North Andover, Massachusetts, he prepared for college at Johnson High School in North Andover and Hebron Academy and became a member of Zeta Psi Fraternity at Bowdoin, which he attended from September of 1947 to November of 1948. He was a salesman with radio station WCAP in Lowell, MA, from 1949 to 1951 and then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict from 1951 to 1953. After five years as a salesman with American Airlines, he joined Northwest Airlines in 1958, serving as a salesman in New York City, Cincinnati, Tokyo, and Honolulu before moving to Boston. After four years as a district representative, specializing in the Oriental Carnival Vacation for ATIS, Inc., a Boston-based national tour operator, he became a group sales representative for the firm in 1969. Later that year, he became general manager of Orient and Pacific operations for ATIS. He then was a director of GWV Travel in Boston, which operated weekly charter flights to Europe, the Caribbean, and the Orient. He later became manager of incentive travel sales with Crimson Travel in Cambridge, MA, and then became an independent contractor associated with Crimson Travel/Thomas Cook Group, arranging international meetings, incentives, and conventions, averaging 325,000 air miles a year. In 1999, he became director of incentive travel at Associated Travel in Newton, MA. Surviving are his wife, Joan Butler Kimel, whom he married in 1958, and a daughter, Pamela G. Pelletier of North Smithfield, RI.