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Alumni Notes: Remembering Andre Kimboko, PhD Urban Studies 1978
Author: PSU Alumni Association
Posted: October 29, 2013

Dr Kimboko graduated with a master's degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1970, and with a PhD from the College of Urban and Public Affairs in 1978.

Mr. Andre Kimboko, PhD, age 76, of Grand Rapids passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Priscilla Kimboko '72 (PhD '82), his daughter Rachel Kimboko and Nicole Kimboko, son-in-law Steven Samljan, and his granddaughters: Mia Kimboko, and Sophia and Pescha Samiljan.

Andre has extensive family in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including sixliving siblings and their children and grandchildren. Andre first came to the United States in 1963 to study, but soon met Priscilla at the University of
Oregon. After their marriage in late 1964, they returned to the Congo and lived there for 4 years, during which time their first child, Rachel, was born. Andre was first an inspector of schools and then the Secretary of the national “Jury Centrale,” which created the first national secondary school exam—still in use today. They returned to the USin 1968; in their early years together in Portland, Oregon, the Kimbokos would have another daughter, Nicole, and complete their doctorates at Portland State University.

Dr. Kimboko worked for the Oregon Department of Transportation for many years, and then, in 1982, moved the family to Denver to take a professorial position at University of Colorado-Denver. He was a successful small businessman; among several contracts, he worked to populate the National Park Service’s archeological database. He enjoyed a long retirement while Priscilla continued to work and then faced recent challenges of dementia and related health issues with good-natured grace. Andre will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father, doting grandfather, a skilled artist, and passionate educator. His death was sudden,but peaceful; he passed listening to his favorite music with his beloved wife—at peace. Per his wishes he will be cremated; there will be no public ceremony. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or a favorite local hospice.