Bernie Kimpal, faculty and the manager of Duck Radio at Lorain County Community College, passed away suddenly due to blood clotting in his lungs.
As the news spread of Kimpal’s death spread across campus, it affected students and staff alike. Several of Kimpal’s students, still emotional, reminisced fondly of their instructor. Matt Melvin, promotions director and DJ at Duck Radio, worked alongside Kimpal frequently.
“We are still trying to wrap our heads around it,” Melvin said. “Bernie was the type of person that would help anybody and if he didn’t know the answer to a question, he would go to the department or the person and find the answer.”
Kimpal worked in the radio business for over 50 years, including The Wave Radio station.
“Bernie was just a kind and wonderful fellow. A mature leader and a great asset to the college,” said Dr. Robert Beckstrom, dean of LCCC’s Arts and Humanities Department. “He often assisted in the development of the student. Bernie is just one of those people who cannot be replaced,” he said. Beckstrom added that he had read many of the student evaluations on Kimpal, noting that many had only positive things to say.
“There was a reason we called him ‘Duckmiester’ because he was the master of ducks, he oversaw everything,” said Tim Bradley, production student at Duck Radio. Kimpal worked in radio back in the late 1960s. His work took him all over the states including New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Ohio.
“We all had a personal relationship with Bernie,” said. Bradley. “We would come in and talk about the weekend and Bernie would tell us stories about the sixties. We could talk about anything.”