One was a natural-born educator, a "teacher's teacher" who was most at home in the classroom. The other was an enthusiastic protege who once used the sidewalk as an outdoor chalkboard for his economics class.
Both of the eastern Kentucky college educators died trying to save two young lives, teenagers who drowned in a neighbor's pool. Hundreds of people crowded into the library of Hazard Community College to remember the men Wednesday evening.Francis Kaikumba, 49, who during the past year was named the college's executive dean, and Raymond Kuezi-nke, a first-year assistant math professor at Hazard, drowned Saturday along with two of Kuezi-nke's nephews.
Kaikumba and Kuezi-nke leave a legacy of humor, strength and dedication to Appalachia, speakers said at the memorial service.
Colleagues have described Kaikumba - known to students as "Doctor K" - as a natural-born teacher. He commenced faculty meet-ings by saying, "Friends, let me begin."
"He just loved to teach and was so good at it," Hughes has said of Kaikumba. "It was difficult to have him go into administration."