GAMBIER — Residents of the Village of Gambier braved the heat Wednesday for the annual parade and community picnic, celebrating this year’s Citizen of the Year, Tom Stamp, and Poet Laureate, Jennifer Clarvoe.
Stamp has been a part of the Gambier community for 34 years. His first introduction, explained Mayor Kachen Kimmell, was 49 years ago as a student at Kenyon. He returned in 1984 as Kenyon’s director of public affairs and editor-in-chief of the Kenyon Alumni Bulletin.
“He is a collegiate architecture expert, teaching a seminar at Kenyon in the history of American collegiate architecture, and a current member of Kenyon President Sean Decatur’s staff as the College Historian and Keeper of Kenyoniana,” said Mayor Kimmell. He was also on the Village Council for 16 years, as well as the Village Planning and Zoning Commission, “where he was especially attentive to the growth and improvement of the Community Park.”