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Former University official emphasized new technologies

When Residence Life Associate Director Tim King died Feb. 9, the University lost a kindhearted and beloved person.

The 57-year-old worked at BGSU for 22 years.

While working for the Office of Residence Life, he played an instrumental role in the formation of the Residential Computing Connection. He also helped provide the campus with computers and wireless Internet.

Mike Hachtel, friend and co-worker, said King served the interests of students and tried to improve things for them.

‘Anytime he worked on something for RCC he would try to look at it from a student’s point of view,’ Hachtel said. ‘He would swing by the residence halls and go into the computer labs and say ‘Hi, how are you doing and what can we improve on to help you?”

King made it easier for students to sign up for housing by making the sign-ups available online. Before King urged the office to make this change, all housing sign-ups were done on paper.

His work with RCC helped get computer labs, wireless Internet and Ethernet connections in residence halls.

‘He made sure there was technology in the residence halls for students to use,’ Hachtel said.

His sense of humor is one thing Michelle Simmons, senior associate director at the University Career Center, will miss.

‘He was a punster, a quick wit, and he never said anything bad about anyone,’ Simmons said. ‘He always made time to talk to you, help you out, cheer you up and give you a hug.’

King was personable and seemed to know just about everybody.

‘You couldn’t go to lunch with him without running into someone he knew,’ Hachtel said.

Bob Midden, director of the Chapman Community, said he could always count on King when he needed help.

‘He was the kind of person you felt confident that you could trust,’ Midden said.

King enjoyed cooking, baking, spending time outdoors and entertaining people, Simmons said. He was also a Cub Scouts leader when his sons were growing up.

He is survived by his sons David and Brian; daughter Ellen; and close friend and ex-wife Patricia.

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