Condolence & Memory Journal

Mr. Kirks help led me to attend Baker University in the late 90s. He was my advisor and help me navigate a number of hoops in order to travel abroad for a semester in England. I have always thought of him as a foundational figure for a very influential time of my life, and Im sad to hear he has passed. I will continue to think, and speak, of him fondly.

Posted by Daniel Gooden - Kansas City, MO - student   April 06, 2020

I was privileged to have been Earl's neighbor in Evansville. He was a kind, caring, pleasant person always willing to help or lend a hand. He has already been missed. I like to think of him as away traveling still.

Posted by Betsy Gregg - Evansville, IN   December 21, 2019

Our condolences
for the loss of your loved one
I wish God would relieve them of the emptiness I leave them
to be honest
Jose Espinoza and Family

Posted by Jose & Enriqueta Espinoza Cortes - Des Plaines, IL - Family Friend   December 05, 2019

Earl sent me this selfie after his 37 day 500 mile, Camino trek on October 19,2017. Submitted on previous entry, my wife Pauline and myself (John Goulet) were Earl's neighbors in Evansville.
You could not ask for a better neighbor and eventual friend.
Rest In Peace, Earl. You will be missed!
My condolences to Dale and Bob and Earl's family and friends!

Posted by John Goulet - Evansville, IN   December 05, 2019

Posted by John Goulet    December 05, 2019

I met Earl in the summer of 1987 when I enrolled at Baker University. He was my academic advisor and guided me during my four years as an undergraduate. He was kind, demanding, funny, and smart. He pushed me to always go farther. After college we became good friends and he came to visit me several times when I was in graduate school and then later when I moved to France. He came to my wedding and we were blessed to host him and that special group of friends from Baker on a memorable vacation one summer. He was and still is a towering influence in my life. He touched thousands of lives. He lives on in all of us and I take great joy in that while mourning his disappearance. He was an extraordinary man and will be dearly missed.

Posted by Anthony Larson - Friend   December 05, 2019

Earl was both colleague and friend, and I miss him greatly. He prepared students to come for studies at Harlaxton College, England; I met them there and with other good colleagues oversaw their education. He bears much responsibility for Harlaxton's being ranked the "#1 Study Abroad Program" from America. A memorial bench, will be placed in his honor on the beautiful Harlaxton Manor grounds with the inscription "In Warm Memory of EARL D. KIRK, 1949 - 2019, 'Still Traveling.'"

Posted by Gordon Kingsley - Beloit, WI - friend   December 04, 2019

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   December 03, 2019

Earl I will greatly miss you.You were such a humble man.I will never forget you .Mel @ Bickford

Posted by Melanie Mendoza - Aurora, IL - Acquaintance   December 03, 2019

Earl was an important mentor during my time at Baker University. I'm sorry for his loss and long term illness. I'll always remember his designation of tests and exams as "Evaluation Opportunities". I felt held to a high standard and try to create a similar relationship with my students now.

Posted by DeAnna Rowe - Gainesville, FL - Student   November 30, 2019

I took one of Professor Kirk's classes at Baker and I enjoyed it very much. My condolences to his family.

Posted by Nancy Powell    November 30, 2019