In 2003, the Alumni Association in cooperation with LLU administration, commissioned S. Wesley Kime, MD ’53-A, to paint a series of portraits of certain faculty from various LLU schools along with some of the Honored Alumni. Composed of over 50 portraits, this portrait gallery took more than three years to complete and most of these portraits now hang in the “LLU Faculty Portrait Gallery” at the Del Webb Library on the second floor. In 2005 the Association published these in hardback form, Portraits, (edited by Raymond Herber, MD ’57). Other Dr. Kime portraits include the large commemorative painting of the “Four CME Leaders”, four paintings depicting late-twentieth century School of Medicine leaders, and a portrait of Carrol Small, MD ’34, for whom the Alumni Center is named. Dr. Kime is also known for his series of more than 60 black-and-white caricatures of the CME faculty, drawn in the 1950s and published in 1994 by the Alumni Assocation in the book “Giants of CME” (also edited and complied by Dr. Herber).
Dr. Kime had a career as an internist trained at Harvard Univeristy and Washington University hospitals, and later as a pathologist and pathology residency program director. He is now retired from medicine, but his parallel “income-free career” as a artist and painter started before he can remember and he says “retirement is not an option.”