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warrenkimbro.JPGWarren Kimbro, who turned around his life after a murder conviction to become a nationally recognized leader in helping other people do the same, died Tuesday night. He was 74.

A relative took him from his home to Yale-New Haven Hospital after Warren complained of chest pains, according to his son Germano.

Warren breathed his last breath at 9:09 p.m. in Yale-New Haven’s emergency room.

Meanwhile, lawmakers at City Hall were voting in favor a proposal he promoted to help ex-cons have a better shot at landing government-funded jobs.

Perhaps more than anyone else in New Haven, Warren’s life traced the passionate and sometimes tragic path of a city that conducted the country’s most intensive antipoverty experiment in the 1950s and 1960s, then regained its idealism as the century turned.

The emergency room where Warren died is up a hill from what was once Spruce Street, where Warren grew up. Urban renewal bulldozers leveled that one-block road as part of the nation’s most expensive per-capita effort to turn down slums (as well as solid working-class streets like Spruce) and test programs to “end poverty.” On Spruce Street Warren began forming a network of trusted relationships that eventually reached into every ethnic, religious, political and economic corner of the city.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife Beverly. He is survived by his son Germano and daughter, Veronica; a brother, Joseph Kimbro; five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

A lifelong community activist who worked with young people in trouble, Warren briefly joined the Black Panther Party in 1969 out of disgust with the limitations of liberal antipoverty programs for which he worked. His home on Orchard Street became the local headquarters for the revolution-promoting party.

During that time, under orders from a party superior, he shot and killed Alex Rackley, a Panther wrongly suspected of being a government informant. The case trial became a national sensation because the government unsuccessfully tried to convict and execute two party leaders, Bobby Seale and Ericka Huggins, in connection with the murder. It became a symbolic forum as well for a debate on whether a black revolutionary could receive a fair trial in America. It also drew thousands of protesters to New Haven determined to “burn down Yale” and the city on Mayday 1970. (They didn’t.)

A less noticed aspect of the trial was Warren’s own role. A reformer rather than revolutionary by nature, Kimbro confessed to the murder, then spent the rest of his life seeking redemption.

“Make Time Count”

In prison he became a model inmate. He edited an award-winning jailhouse newspaper. He started a counseling program for fellow prisoners. A high-school drop-out, he studied at Eastern Connecticut State University through an experimental program for prisoners. Then he ran a drug-treatment program in Willimantic, Perception House, returning to his cell at night.

“Don’t count time,” began Warren’s jailhouse motto, printed at the top of his newspaper. “Make time count.” He did.

His jailers noticed. For the criminal justice system, it was a brief moment of heady experimentation. Top government officials sought to expand programs to rehabilitate rather than simply warehouse prisoners. State corrections commissioner Ellis MacDougall used Warren as a success story, picked up by national media outlets like the David Susskind show, The New York Times and People.

After just four and a half years Warren received a state pardon. It was the shortest incarceration for murder in Connecticut history. Kimbro left jail to earn a graduate degree in education at Harvard.

The most remarkable part of his journey was yet to come. He returned to ECSU as a student dean. Then in 1983, back in New Haven, he became the head of a small, struggling program called Project MORE. Based at the time in the Hill neighborhood, it worked with mostly young men coming out of jail. The goal was to reduce recidivism by helping ex-cons kick drug habits, train for jobs, find work.

With his vision, his contacts with government leaders, and his gift for inspiring people, Warren built Project MORE into one of the northeast’s leading “AICs” — community-based alternative to incarceration centers. The very agency that once jailed Warren, Connecticut’s Department of Correction, would eventually send him millions of dollars a year to work with the state’s most troubled adult population.

Overall, though, a backlash to the experimentation of the 1960s and 1970s led to a withering of public support for rehabilitation-oriented corrections. “If I were arrested today,” Warren lamented often in later years, I would never get the chances I had back then.” That realization doubled his determination to prove that rehabilitation can work, that people who commit crimes deserve second chances like the one he received.

Up until his death, he continued to run and expand Project MORE. Click here to read about some of his most recent work at Project MORE, which included starting a New Haven shelter for women emerging from prison and launching an AIC in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Most recently he helped New Haven’s DeStefano administration craft a strategy for incorporating into the community waves of ex-offenders being released from jail. On Dec. 15 he stood alongside the mayor at a City Hall press conference promoting a “ban the box” proposal to give ex-cons a better shot a government-funded jobs.

Warren also visited jails and other forums where he inspired young black men with his story, seeking to counter the notion that he was in any way a hero for his actions as a Panther. He sought to make internal peace with the ghost of Alex Rackley; he never completely succeeded.

Much of his hometown embraced him as a leader who helped countless young people go straight. Still, Kimbro continued to encounter unresolved episodes from the Panther period. Click here to read a story about Warren apologizing to a fellow former Black Panther, George Edwards, for having tied him up and putting a .45 to his head in a basement shortly before the Alex Rackley murder in 1969. Click on the play arrow at right to watch the exchange.

As the years wore on Warren was determined to tell the whole truth of the Rackley case. He sought to avoid sugar-coating his own actions or those of law-enforcement agencies which regularly broke their own laws to infiltrate and promote violence within dissident groups like the Panthers in order to dismantle them. Warren eagerly revealed his entire story, warts most of all, in a 2006 book entitled Murder in the Model City: The Black Panthers, Yale, And the Redemption of a Killer (Basic).

A Yiddish Lullaby

I co-authored that book, with Douglas Rae. In the process I spent more time alone with Warren than with anyone else outside my family. He opened his soul to me, as well as the compromising files of his past. He wanted me to know every mistake he’d made, way back to his unruly behavior at St. John’s elementary school. People shouldn’t see him as a hero, he insisted.

“Truth be told,” he said again and again, “there were no heroes.”

But there were so many people, from powerbrokers to powerless, broken, convicted drug dealers, who considered Warren an unforgettable part of their lives. A confidante. A guide. A friend. Someone they could trust, turn to for help, share secrets or laughs with.

I struggled to discover the secrets of that Warren Kimbro. They didn’t show up in his FBI file or his criminal files. They didn’t appear in his old love letters or his memories of regret. They didn’t even emerge from interviews with people whose lives he turned around. The book failed to capture that Warren.

Only after the book came out did I glimpse those secrets, when we traveled the state to promote the book.

I saw him hush a hall full of tough felons with his story at Webster Correctional Facility in Cheshire. More than a hundred African-American men drank up his story with wide eyes. They were in a portion of the jail reserved for inmates about to be released. After Warren spoke, some shared their fears about returning to “the life” back on the street. They asked his advice for staying straight. And they showered him with applause.

I saw him melt a library full of bubbes at B’nai Jacob synagogue in Woodbridge. He sang the Yiddish lullaby his mother used to help him get to sleep as a child in the 1930s. The women remembered Spruce Street. They remembered the lullaby, too.

At other libraries, in Litchfield County and in Niantic, I saw Warren convince middle-aged and older small town audiences that people who go wrong can then go right, if given the chance.

In a Channel 30 studio, I watched him transport an interviewer back to a time, and a frame of mind, in which people believed they could make the world better. (Click on the play arrow for a snippet from that program.) I watched him impart the same realism-tempered optimism to my students in a Yale political science class as well as high-school students in a class at Hillhouse.

And in stops around New Haven, I’d inevitably see a beat cop or a teacher or an employee light up just seeing Warren, recalling a door he opened.

In each instance I saw a man who loved people, all kinds of people. He saw their innate goodness, no matter their failings. He believed in them, and he got a charge out of helping them. He understood, deeply, what it means to be human.

Those were his secrets.

Final Gifts

At 74, Warren continued to run Project MORE at full tilt. He was in a gift-giving mood in his final weeks. You had to wonder whether he may have known at an unconscious level that his time was approaching for joining his beloved Beverly.

He delivered expensive presents to Project MORE board members.

Last Friday he emceed a ceremony on the second floor of Project MORE’s current home on Grand Avenue. The event honored ex-offenders who completed a series of Project MORE programs focused on anger management, substance abuse, and job training. They all received certificates and tribute speeches from staffers.

Warren (pictured at the top of this story at the event) ordered up another set of plaques for every staff member working at Project MORE. He and his top staffers gave each one of them a speech, too.

The event’s keynote speaker was William Carbone, executive director of the state Judicial Branch’s Court Support Services Division. In that role, he lobbies the legislature for the money for AICs, then oversees them.

He ended up delivering the final of countless personal tributes Warren would hear in his lifetime. Given Warren’s sudden death four days later, it would serve as the substitute for the retirement dinner that would have drawn hundreds upon hundreds of people whose lives he touched in unforgettable ways.

Carbone spoke of the importance of second chances through “community corrections.” Programs at centers like Project MORE cost taxpayers a fifth of the $30,000 they otherwise spend every year to lock somebody up, he said. And the centers have a good track record of reducing recidivism — both lessening crime in the community and helping ex-offenders become productive citizens.

DSCN0621.JPG“Not everybody who gets in the criminal justice system is a bad person,” Carbone (pictured at the event) said. “Some bad things have happened to them along the way.”

That doesn’t excuse criminal behavior, he said. It does mean that often if you “connect them to the right people … they can change.”

One of those “right people,” in Carbone’s telling, was Warren Kimbro. Carbone spoke of spending three decades working to advance community corrections. At every step Warren walked alongside him, or in front. He proved in New Haven, at the grassroots, that second chances work. He proved it well enough that dollars, and other centers, followed.

Warren Kimbro was right. He was in no way a hero for killing Alex Rackley. Nothing he did afterwards could restore the life he stole.

But Warren was a hero nonetheless, for how he made amends.

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posted by: Paul Wessel on February 4, 2009  10:14am

Good man.  Good piece.  Thank you.

posted by: Seth on February 4, 2009  11:00am

Very well written.  Mr. Kimbro would be proud.

posted by: bfair on February 4, 2009  11:12am

I am heartbroken and shocked to hear that Warren has passed.  I pray that the spirit of his work will be with us forever. We had recently agreed to chair a reentry committee for the City of New Haven and I hope that I can live up to all that he wanted this committee to be. My family also grew up on Spruce and Oak Streets. We all considered ourselves family back then.Warren will be dearly missed by countless individuals whose lives he helped to reshape. I will miss his smile and gentle spirit. I will miss collaborating with another person who felt as I did about the redemption of all human beings. I thank God Bill Carbone believed in him and gave him the oppportunity to begin the difficult work that needs to be done if we are ever able to say that we are a compassionate and forgiving society. To my hero. You will be sorely missed. Thank you Paul for his story.

posted by: Brian Roccapriore on February 4, 2009  11:24am

Warren was truly a one of a kind person. The work he has done for this community will not be forgotten. Thank you, Warren, for all you’ve done.

posted by: J. Sowell on February 4, 2009  11:48am

Paul, this was a wonderful tribute to a man who touched many lives and gave many chances to others. He will be missed dearly!! May God rest his soul and I pray that all of his family and friends find comfort through these tough times. To the Project MORE Family-“Weeping may endure through the night but joy comes in the morning”.

posted by: barbara tinney on February 4, 2009  12:17pm

This is a stunning loss, for Warren’s family, friends most of all and for our City.  At a time when we are grappling with the challenges of re-intergrating returning ex-offenders into our communities we have loss the person who championed this issue when it was not high on the community radar and when few considered this work important. Warren worked triedlessly on behalf of a population most didn’t know how to support and didn’t find worthy of support.  While he leaves a competent, compassionate staff behind his wisdom, knowledge, energy and willingness to speak truth to power go with him.  I personally will miss his presence and his voice in our community.  With the passing of Cornell Scott and now Warren Kimbro we are witnessing a closing of a chapter in our cities history marked by innovation and courageous action.  Both the Hill Health Center and Project MORE are institutions founded by these courageous leaders and we are lessened by their departure.

posted by: Bill on February 4, 2009  1:25pm

Yes this man touched this life: “he shot and killed Alex Rackley”. Why was this murderer pardoned? Who knows what kind of life this man would have lead and never got the chance.

posted by: Alison Cunningham on February 4, 2009  1:30pm

The passing of Warren Kimbro is a blow to the greater New Haven community, one that sent a wave of shock and sadness through the staff at Columbus House. Many of us have witnessed Mr. Kimbro’s deep commitment to reform and redemption, and we are grateful for his life of service. He was a beacon of hope and inspiration for us all. He will be deeply missed.
May Warren Kimbro rest in peace,knowing that he leaves behind a powerful legacy.

posted by: N'Zinga Shani on February 4, 2009  1:49pm

Thank you Paul for this excellent reminder that as a community we were given Warren Kimbro as a gift that kept on giving in so many ways and through so many lessons in perseverance.

I met Warren Kimbro in 1996; I interviewed him and Paul Bass for the book Murder In The Model City. He was a fountain of information about New Haven and about the heady 60’s, the challenging 70’s and the deceptive 80’s.  He stressed that there were no heroes involved in those trying times and that law enforcement were often at the root of some of the problems.  He said he was committed to doing all that he could to make amends for his wrong-doings. In the conversations we had after the interviews he was always encouraging me not to give up producing programs that make a positive difference.  In a lengthy conversation we had after the death of his wife, he said “she keeps me going everyday.” Then as if he was reading my mind he said to me “You can’t let the naysayers decide for you; they want you to give up, but you can’t because what you do makes a difference even if it is to one person at a time.”

I thought about calling Warren last week just to say hello for the new year; I decided it was too late in the evening.  I planned to call him soon; I did not get to it. Another lesson learned.

posted by: Alderman Shah on February 4, 2009  2:49pm

With the name Allah, the Beneficent, the Most Merciful,
I am saddened to hear of this loss of great wisdom and humanity embodied in Bro Warren Kimbro. Peace and blessings to the family during this time. May Allah (God) be pleased with him, have mercy on his soul, forgive him of his sins and grant him a home in paradise. Ameen.

posted by: Janice "Jay-Jay" on February 4, 2009  3:28pm

Hi Paul, I just read the news about Warren.  I want to extend my condolences to you for your loss of a friend.  I want to thank you again for our “conversations” which allowed me to truly let go of any remaining negative feelings I was harboring.  I am glad that Warren was able to find a way to be of service to others and a level of peace. I am sure that he felt supported and loved by his friends and family. Those left in this existence will miss the sound of his voice, his laughter; his very presence.    I do believe that our spirit lives on in the memories of our loved ones. Warren will always be with you all because you will never lose your memory of him. “with each memory we meet again with those we love…for the heart never forgets” Again my deepest sympathy to his family, his friends,and to the people who were impacted by knowing him.

posted by: Hood Rebel on February 4, 2009  3:53pm

This is shocking!

New Haven lost a Giant. I feel so honored to have worked with Warren on critical community issues. He has been an extraordinary counselor to those us who are active in turning around our neighborhoods.

posted by: norton street on February 4, 2009  4:26pm

bill, dont you think mr kimbro asked himself that question and maybe thats why he spent the rest of his life working to help others and give opportunities to people that otherwise wouldnt have them?

posted by: Dave on February 4, 2009  7:33pm

Mr. Bass, thank you for this piece. As a staff member with Project M.O.R.E. for over 7 years I was present on several occasions when you and your counterpart were working on the book with Mr. K. I know first hand how tirelessly you all worked to produce a piece that accurately depicted the unformatted events that unfolded early on in Mr. K’s life. Additionally I was fortunate enough to be blessed with the ability to work for the man. However Mr. K would never let an employee at Project M.O.R.E. ever say that you worked for him. Instead he would be quick to highlight the efforts that we put forth to provide essential services to the individuals that needed them. This to me epitomized the essence and spirit of him. It was an air of humility that is not commonly found in society today. His energy always seemed to be geared toward enhancing the lives of others. (Sans his pursuits of golf, later in his life, to which he would say “my equipment will not bee the excuse for me not to be good at this game”)His essence touched a diverse group of individuals and he was always accessible to his staff and those in need of his wisdom. Society at large could learn much by observing such an esteemed and humble man. One who not only talked the talk, but exhibited by example a way to exact change and inspire achievement in so many that he came in contact with. We all have stories and memories of Mr. K that make us smile and feel proud that we were able to be graced by his presence in our lives. Words escape me now but to all that he has touched in his time with us take with you his spirit of humility and community service, mourn in you own way, but rejoice in knowing that he has done his work here and now that he is home with his beloved “SUGE”. Furthermore be mindful that he is looking down on us with pride and providing guidance in our life efforts. Smile and be grateful that we have been blessed with the compassion, wisdom and tutelage of such a graceful and unique man! My own personal message to Mr. K is find a good restaurant up there because Alton and I owe you lunch!
Be blessed my brother

posted by: Mike Lawlor on February 4, 2009  9:18pm

Thanks, Paul, for writing this.  Whether Warren was a hero is for people to decide.  He was, however, a teacher and I will always consider myself one of his students.  His many lessons will live on for generations to come.

posted by: Pat Wallace on February 5, 2009  12:00am

I just learned of Warren’s death and felt it like a physical blow.  It helped to read this excellent tribute to him, a tribute worthy of him.  He was one of the finest people in New Haven.  It was my privilege to know him for 30 years.  One of the details in the story, I believe, is not correct. He was a Dean of New Hampshire College, at its Connecticut branch.  He hired me to teach a class on slavery and the criminal justice system, looking at the features that the two institutions share.  His family knows, no doubt, what a remarkable person they shared with the world.  The rest of us need to get busy and do what he would have us do, so that he can rest in peace.

[Note: Warren held the dean of students job at ECSU before coming back to New Haven and working for New Hampshire College.—Editor.]

posted by: Shafiq Abdussabur on February 5, 2009  2:06am

I have been inspired by the work and dedication of such a wonderful man. I had the pleasure of working more closely with Warren Kimbro in 2008. His level of dedication for “those who the system leaves behind” will be greatly missed.  We send peace and blessings to his family.

posted by: Matthew Nemerson on February 5, 2009  7:20am

Of all the great people I worked with and for during my 13 years at the Chamber of Commerce in New Haven few matched Warren in his capacity to be a real role model and to inspire those around him with his ability to focus on what needed to be done. I came away from every meeting with a new insight into what it means to be a “change agent.” That he did this for and with a population who had few places to turn for inspiration was so important, but Warren would have been a great college president or police chief if he had wanted to be. 
Let me also say, as I wipe away a tear, how important it is to have a local newspaper to impart a sense of the appropriate perspective, history and well crafted biography on moments such as these. While Paul’s obit is brilliant, the Register’s too was good and appropriate this morning.
We should all wish for such an intersting life well lived and well remembered.

posted by: Pam on February 5, 2009  9:24am

I first met Warren as a freshman at Eastern CT State College back in 1973 and worked with him throughout my four years there through my involvement in student government and the student center. He was a mentor to many of us there and I still remember one of the valuable lessons he taught us. “Think for yourself and don’t always follow the crowd.” It is a lesson that has stayed with me for many years. He was a good man who made a impact on so many people in his lifetime. We shared the same birthday and joked about that often. Rest in peace, Warren. I will always remember you.

posted by: Dan Santos on February 5, 2009  11:43am

Warren has come to be very dear to me for a number of reasons.  I will miss my conversations with him when ever he stopped in to see me. 

Being the president of the board at New Haven Family Alliance, we had quite a few things in common and we talk about the things happening through out the city and what was needed to help New Haven a better place to live.

Warren was a gentle giant with a powerful voice.  It is a shame and our loss that it has been silenced.

posted by: Tomas Reyes on February 5, 2009  11:48am

Thank you Paul for really standing up and being
accurate about a true community icon who spent
most of his life truly helping others. Warren
was an unbelievable leader who led by doing
rather than talking so for those of us who want
to honor his life we should simply continue
to carry on and maybe even expand his dream. I
will truly miss him. My deep condolences to his
family and his extended family at Project More.

posted by: Divine Shabazz on February 5, 2009  12:14pm

Warren Kimbro was a scholar/activist, griot, former Black Panther, an Elder of New Haven’s Black community, a constant soldier and warrior who never left the battlefield!  As a fellow academician, he gave me a deep understanding and unique introspect into a world of Black Power motifs, militant posturing, rhetoric, and symbolism in this urban space called New Haven.  What a powerful experience it was to meet and talk with him for the short time that I knew him.  My feeling is that is there enough substance and legacy in this man for all to share.  A Master Teacher, to all he met and whose lives he touched, he will be sorely missed in the realm of scholarly activism.  All Power To The People!

posted by: tim adler on February 5, 2009  1:37pm

While Mr. Kimbro certianly seemed to be a reformed person, I’d feel a lot better not calling him a hero.  A true hero, a real role model for New Haven’s black community would be someone Like Yale’s Dr. Ben Carson, or Bill Dyson, or any of the thousands of Black men who’ve been smart enough to avoid jail in the first place, who’ve braved street gangs and said no to drug dealing, and certianly someone who’s never killed an unarmed man without provication.
Why have we never heard from the family of Mr. Rackley an?d what’s George Edwards’ feelings on this man

posted by: heiwa on February 5, 2009  2:30pm

although i did not know him,well i am saddened by his passing. i pray for this family and friends as well as the world that’s now a little smaller with out him. i pray allah forgive him and all of us when its our time!

posted by: Paul Watson Jr. on February 5, 2009  3:05pm

I am deeply saddened by learning of the loss of Warren. I first met Warren while I was working to try and help troubled youth in New Haven during the 70s. I immediately felt connected to him because we shared the feeling of outrage regarding the lack of peace and justice in our communities during the 60s. That outrage led to joining the social movements that were committed to change at that time. There came a time when we came to the realization that our actions, though well intended, created more suffering and pain. There had to be another way to address those issues. Warren found another way and I commend him for not giving up the fight for peace and justice. He was a source of inspiration when I first met him over 30 yerars ago, and he remains, even now, an inspiration to me.

posted by: Ken Haynam on February 5, 2009  7:48pm

I only knew Warren slightly as a tennis friend I greeted at the Pilot Pen each year or as an organizer at tennis parties. He was a warm friend. 

As a memorial to him,I hope that each person who knew him will contact their state legislators and ask them to give priority to and increase funding for alternative rehabilitation agencies and efforts in our criminal justice system.

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on February 5, 2009  8:32pm

Tim Adler
Are Not Malcom X,Nelson Mandela,Gandhi,Dr.Martin
Luther King not role models?Rember they also was put in jail,Infact if it was not for people like them and Brother kimbro there would be no Dr.Carson or Bill Dyson.

posted by: David Cameron on February 5, 2009  11:50pm

Paul, beautiful tribute to a man who did so much for those who came to Project MORE and inspired so many by the example of his life.  I will remember his smile, the smile of a gentle man, and the kindness in his voice. He was a good man.

posted by: tim adler on February 6, 2009  8:29am

3/5’s:  Gandhi, king and mandela’s imprisonments were not for criminal (i.e. theft, vice, murder, robbery) issues.  A much much different situation, and you know it.  These are men who would have much sooner pulled the trigger on themselves before killing another man -nor would they have engaged or allowed torture in their own homes.  Like i said, he seems to have been reformed, there’s just a lot of other , good, local men who wouldn’t have killed someone in the first place, and gotten themselves into the trouble he did.

posted by: Paul Watson III on February 6, 2009  2:42pm

As the younger generation and those directly affected by the contributions of all of those sacrificing individuals committed to change in the 60’s and 70’s. I applaud the memory of Warren Kimbro and thank him for his undying love for the community and his example of second chances. My father was a colleague of Warren’s and I know that my life would not exist in the manner in which it does had it not been for those tireless pioneers that came before us. I have since moved away from New Haven and now produce shows for television, but the examples and stories of people like Warren Kimbro stays with me and inspires me to depict our heroes in their true light. Thank you Mr. Kimbro and may your memory be blessed.

posted by: John Artis Yopp on February 6, 2009  9:42pm

Warren’s giant spirit and unending energy for helping those shunned by soceity will be missed by all of those who’se lives he touched. As brilliant and learned as he was, he was never full of himself or aloof to those in the community without degrees and formal education. We pray for his immediate family and his family at Project More. We will miss you Warren!

posted by: Sheila Levrant de Bretteville on February 8, 2009  7:17am

Thank you Paul for this richly detailed tribute to New Haven’s own profoundly resilient, courageous community activist. I only spoke with Warren once and he was modest, quickly shifting his light onto others, to the work to be done itself. Hopefully this article will inspire as Warren did, it will take many people stepping up to do the work he took on. . .  .

posted by: Francine Smith on February 9, 2009  11:57am

This is a great tribute to Warren Kimbro’s life.  He would be very proud to know that so many great comments, coming from all great people, are being said about him.  Warren Kimbro truly led by example.  I learned a lot just by reading the entire article.  It is with great sadness that I send my deepest condolences to the Kimbro family.

posted by: Camille Jackson on February 9, 2009  3:14pm

Great piece Paul… I was very sad to hear that Warren passed unexpectedly. Your article and the response reminded me of what he was like as a person and his tremendous influence. You introduced me to him early on when I was just starting to get a feel for New Haven. He was patient with a very “green” journalist and made time to answer each of my questions with a glint of amusement in his eye. He was always good for background information. From our first meeting, he remembered me and took time to say hello when we ran into each other around town. I thought he was very special and it was easy to see how so many people were moved by him.

posted by: Jill Dymond on March 12, 2009  11:23pm

May Warren and Beverly rest in peace. RIP

The storm is over now!

The story has been signed, sealed, and delivered.

God Bless.

Jill E. Dymond

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