Dan Kimball ( 1896-1970) was a businessman who served as Secretary of the Navy during the Truman administration. Among his many public concerns in later years was the development of a communitycontrolled corporation for the Watts area of Los Angeles. His wife, Doris Fleeson Kimball ( 1901-1970), was a reporter and columnist. She was also a founder of the American Newspaper Guild and a champion of women's rights. Dan Kimball died on July 30, 1970; Doris died two days later.
In medieval times the carvings on some doors carried these words: "When I consider life and death, I wonder why I am of such good cheer."
If we ask the same question while considering the lives of Dan Kimball and Doris Fleeson and their deaths, we must respond affirmatively, saying that we can be of some good cheer.
To write of them and to write well is not a very serious challenge. One need make no apologies. One need not speak with reservation. The only challenge is to present the integrity and the purity that marked the lives of these two persons.
Dan Kimball was an American, made by America and contributing to the making of America. A man of great optimism, he looked upon this world and found it good. He served his country's needs in war and also in peace. He looked upon business as a genuine profession, carrying with it personal privileges but also deep social obligations.