LIM College recently lost a passionate educator and treasured colleague. Ronald Knoth, who passed away earlier this month, was a member of the College community since 2007. He joined us an adjunct faculty member in the Visual Merchandising Department and went on to become a full-time faculty member in the Fashion Merchandising Department.
Ron was a kind, gentle person who had a diverse array of talents and interests. An authority on the career of mannequin designer and former LIM College instructor Lester Gaba, he was interviewed by a writer for Life magazine earlier this year about Gaba’s life and work and he also spoke about Gaba in his keynote address at the College's "Fashion: Now & Then" symposium in April.
Ron chronicled 20th century fashion history, wrote poetry, and took artful photographs that appeared on several industry blogs and websites. His own blog, The Bespoken: For Gentlemen, billed as “the thinking man’s guide to fashion, life and everything else,” developed a large and loyal following.
On September 21, the LIM College community gathered to remember and celebrate Ron’s life. Students, faculty and staff gave testimonials that uniformly described Ron as an endlessly knowledgable and creative professional who was above all else a thoughtful and generous friend.
Ron is irreplaceable -- and will be greatly missed by everyone at LIM College. To honor his memory, a scholarship is being established in his name.