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Litchfield-Kimber familyJohnson Chapel Associates:
Kevin ’90 and Lara Litchfield-Kimber ’92

“Having a will is important, especially when you have a young family,” says Lara Litchfield-Kimber ’92, featured here with her husband, Kevin ’90, and children, Colden and Ana.

“Kevin and I are committed to supporting Amherst for the rest of our lives, but as new professionals and parents of young children we are not in a place where we can make large cash gifts now. Traditional estate planning seems not to apply to us in our mid-30s, especially when our more immediate concerns involve play dates, diapers, youth hockey and Lego build-a-thons. Nonetheless, in the unlikely event that we all pass away tragically, remembering Amherst through our wills and as a beneficiary of a life-insurance policy makes sense to us.”

Lara, the director of development at Wells College in Aurora, N.Y., and Kevin, a veterinarian who is pursuing a Ph.D. in epidemiology at Cornell, are planners and realists. Lara’s appreciation for this kind of planning comes from personal experience. She lost her father in a plane crash when she was 10. Immediately, she says, her family’s lifestyle changed dramatically. Thus emerged Lara’s interest in life insurance and a will.

Lara wants other young Amherst alumni to think about the value of planning and preparation. And she suggests that individuals for whom Amherst means a great deal remember the college as part of their life plans, as she and Kevin have done.

The Johnson Chapel Associates society recognizes those alumni and friends who have named Amherst in their will and/or provided for the college through a planned gift. For more information, contact: Timothy A. Neale ’70, Director of Planned Gifts, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002-5000, (413) 542-8256,,