By Crystal Little, Georgetown News-Graphic

tiger statueSheila Summers, center, and band director Pete LaRue had a sneak preview of the bronze tiger that will be dedicated to the late Richard “Kim” Summers with band members Dewey Creech, left, Erica Miller and Stephen Parker, and Tori Bachman-Johnson far right. All will be part of the memorial ceremony at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 18. Georgetown News-Graphic photo by Crystal Little.

He wasn’t a college president, a coach or a department chair.

But his was and is a name almost everyone at Georgetown College and around Georgetown knew and knows.

On Friday (Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m.), he will be honored with a tiger statue, dedicated in his name and memory, next to the student center and campus bookstore at GC.

Richard Kim Summers, the associate director of Auxiliary Services at GC, served on the board of the Georgetown and Scott County Tourism Commission for nearly 10 years, managed the Spirit Shop at Toyota Stadium, and was an honorary Lambda Chi and a veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was the type of man who inspired others with his tireless positive attitude, said John Simpson, director of the tourism commission.

He was a very special person, both personally and to the tourism commission, Simpson said. He had such a positive attitude I never heard Kim say anything the least bit negative about anything or anyone, even when he was very ill.

Summers died from cancer March 29, 2009 at age 65. His wife, Sheila Summers, is the assistant director of campus mail for GC.

During an impromptu unveiling of the statue Wednesday, Sheila Summers was near tears as she stood near the memorial statue.

For me, what’s important about this is that Georgetonians for years to come will be able to sense and capture (Summers) love, spirit and incredible devotion to the college, said GC band director Pete LaRue, who has been at GC for 17 years and knew Summers both personally and professionally.

If he knew about this, Sheila Summer said, he would be overwhelmed.

The statue is a fitting tribute to a man who was a large part of the academic community and Georgetown and Scott County at large, Simpson said.