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“To Catherine, Mary Beth and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We have many wonderful memories of sailing with our Fireball...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Henry and Barb Amthor - Hampton, VA

“Dear Catherine, Herb and all the family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss....and also with Herb....sailing on, as the sun begins...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Bill & Betsy Egan - Smithfield, VA

“I send to you my deepest sympathy. I allways admired Herb and his talent and the progress of his career.I am from Wilmington and started my career...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: A. Ertnest Straughn,AIA - FL

“To Catherine and the entire McKim family I send my sincere and deep sympathy. Over the last few days, I've been thinking about Herb and what it has...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Tom Sawyer - Brooklyn, NY

“Dearest Catherine, Mary Beth, George, and Herb, Jr., I was so sorry to be out of town and unable to attend what I am certain was a wonderful...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Nancy S. Marks - NC

“I am very sad to hear of your loss. Herb was a 'Super Positive' influence to me and many others. My prayers are with you all. ”
6 of 23 | Posted by: Frank Hart - Fort Mill, SC

“There are very few days that go by without thinking of your family. I am so sorry for your loss. I think he's sharing sailing storys right now where...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Kay Myers Ralph - Warrem, OH

“To all of the McKim Family, We are very sad to hear of Herb's passing. However we are also so grateful to have known him as well as the rest of...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: Loretta and Ron McHenry - OH

“Dear Catherine, Herb was such a kind and gentle person. I know you will miss him. My heart goes out to you and your family. You were all blessed to...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Catherine Kassens - Wilmington, NC

“To Catherine and Mary Beth We were fortunate to be welcomed into your home Catherine while sailing the Fireball North American championships in 1988...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Kim and Bob Moss - Mississauga

“My sincerest heartfelt sympathy to the MCKim family. I did not know Mr.McKim. I only read about him through the AIA posting about his career,.. and...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Richard Koziol - Northbrook, IL

“I wish I had known Herb but feel very fortunate to have begun a friendship with Catherine at St. James church shortly after moving to Wilmington. ...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Charlotte Davis - Wilmington, NC

“Deepest sympathy in the passing of Herb McKim. Peace and grace. Bill Hueber ”
13 of 23 | Posted by: Bill Hueber - Rising Sun, IN

“Mary Beth and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of such a wonderful person in your lives. He now will join the Lord who will comfort him...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Pam Fisher - Greenville, NC

“Our condolences to Mary Beth and the rest of the McKim family. Al and I are saddened to hear of the death of your father. Our thoughts and prayers...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Dorothy Muller - Greenville, NC

“It was always a pleasure for me to see Herb's big smile. I am thankful to have met him. ”
16 of 23 | Posted by: Andy O. Lawrence, AIA - Raleigh, NC

“To the McKim family and especially Catherine, I worked for Herb and his partners in the mid to late sixties. He was a mentor as a professional, a...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: gary giles - carrboro,, NC

“Herb was one of the finest men I have ever had the privilege of knowing. He was instumental in helping me get my start in the design field, in...Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Steve Robertson - Jackson, WY

“Herb McKim was a wonderful gentleman, a terrific family man, architect, veteran, a lover of politics and sailing, a Renaissance man. He will be...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: dave simpson

“To the Herb McKim Family: Herb McKim was a great leader and Democrat. I met him in 1972 during the McGovern Campaign. He was always helpful and...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Warren Hepler - Wallace, NC

“Our thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with you at this time. Sincerely, David and Cindy Wade Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church ”
21 of 23 | Posted by: David C. Wade - Wilmington, NC

“Herb, I was saddened to hear of the passing of your Father. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Gina and the rest of the McKim Family. May the...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Jamie Mabe Fitzsimmons - NC

“Mr. McKim was a wonderful friend, and I will always be grateful for his advice regarding the NC Board of Architecture and NCARB. ”
23 of 23 | Posted by: Charles H. Boney, Jr., FAIA - NC


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Herbert (Herb) Pope McKim passed away peacefully at home, Wednesday, March 3, 2010 with his wife of 59 years, Catherine at his side. He was born January 10, 1928 in Robersonville, NC to the late Elizabeth Pope McKim and Thomas John McKim, Jr. He graduated from Asheboro Senior High School in 1945 and joined the US Marines, serving until the end of World War II. He received a degree in architecture from NC State University in 1950 and moved to Wilmington, NC to practice architecture at Leslie N. Boney Architects. In 1955, he and his college classmate, Frank Ballard, formed Ballard & McKim Architects, which in 1959 became Ballard, McKim, & Sawyer Architects when Bob Sawyer joined the practice. Herb was a principle in the firm for over 45 years designing many residential and institutional buildings throughout North Carolina including major chemistry buildings at NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill, Cape Fear Community College classroom tower, several buildings at UNC-W, the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh, and the three NC Aquariums.. He was active in his profession serving on the NC Board of Registration for Architects for ten years and as the President of NCARB, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, He was a fellow in the AIA, American Institute of Architects, and recipient of the F. Carter Williams Gold Medal, NCAIA's highest honor recognizing one architect annually for their career of service to the profession. Herb was very active in his community serving as county and district Democratic Party Chairman, co chair of the committee for the passage of the bonds for the New Hanover Memorial Hospital in the mid 60's, member and president of Wilmington Kiwanis Club, Mayor of Wrightsville Beach, Star News Citizen of the Year, and recognized by Gov. Hunt with the Order of the long Leaf Pine, one of the highest honors the Governor can bestow on a NC citizen. Herb was an avid sailor. After losing his Snipe in Hurricane Hazel, he built and raced several boats, including several Fireballs, a 16 ft. one design sailboat made for racing with spinnaker and trapeze. In addition to winning many races and inspiring many young sailors as a member of the Carolina Yacht Club, he was US and North American commodore of the Fireball Association, once going to France to be on the race committee for the International Championships. He was a very active member of St. James Episcopal Church, which he joined in 1950. He was dedicated to studying the Bible, especially its historical context, and teaching what he learned. He served as Sunday school Superintendent and teacher, member of the vestry and Senior Warden, and on many other committees. He was very involved in the physical facilities and designed Perry Hall, the new activity center on its campus at 4th and Dock. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Spearman McKim; his brother Tom McKim of Brunswick, GA; his sister Christine McKim Hebbe and husband Jim, of Wilmington; three children, Herb McKim and wife Gina of Wilmington, George McKim and wife Betty of Raleigh, and Mary Beth McKim Corbin and husband Leo, of Greenville; five grandchildren, Devin McKim. Edward McKim, Brittany Parish, Courtney McKim, and Elizabeth McKim, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 2 pm Saturday, March 6, 2010 at St. James Church with a reception following in the Great Hall. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to St. James Church, 25 S. 3rd St., Wilmington, NC 28401 or the NC Aquarium Society, 3125 Poplarwood Ct., Suite 160, Raleigh, NC 27604.

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