By Richard Bammer
Exactly one year to the day after his death, Ernest Kimme has provided generously to the Vacaville Public Education Foundation, leaving $1.2 million to the nonprofit group, significantly boosting its endowment.
Nolan Sullivan, an ex-officio member of VPEF and a Vacaville Unified School District trustee, made the announcement Thursday in an email to The Reporter.
The Kimme bequest, left in his will and comprised of cash, stocks and real estate, will be added to the existing VPEF endowment of $200,000, creating an “economic engine” that will produce, for the foreseeable future, annual enrichment grants, estimated to range from $20,000 and $40,000, for teachers and students, he said.
“He may no longer be physically with us but he is still giving to teachers and students,” Sullivan said of Kimme, who was widely known in Vacaville as an educator, civic leader and Reporter columnist. He died of complications from radiation treatment at age 60.