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In Memoriam, Dr. Kevin J. Eames

Kevin Eames

On the morning of Thursday, June 6, 2019, Dr. Kevin J. Eames, professor of psychology at Covenant College, died following complications from his recent open-heart surgery. 


Prof. Eames was a member of Covenant’s faculty since 2003, serving as both the director of institutional effectiveness and as professor of psychology. "Kevin was a dear friend, an insightful colleague, and a man of God. His quick wit and compassionate demeanor brought joy and purpose to his office, his classroom, and the meetings he attended," said Jeff Hall, vice president of academic affairs. 


Prof. Eames had been in the cardiac intensive care unit since undergoing open-heart surgery on Tuesday, May 21, during which time the Covenant community prayed earnestly. In his announcement to the Covenant community, President J. Derek Halvorson said, “Dr. Eames was cherished by students, faculty, and staff alike for his outstanding teaching, his facility with assessment, his unwavering commitment to the college's mission, his courageous and thoughtful engagement with challenging topics, his constant good cheer, and his faithful friendship and support.” Despite an impressive academic career and countless valuable contributions to the College, he will be most remembered as a loving husband, devoted father, thoughtful son and sibling, and loyal friend. 


Former student John-Michael Forman ’10 captured Dr. Eames’ character well; “Since I met him as a sophomore at Covenant, I’ve never wanted more to be near a person and absorb the grace that they radiated. His gentleness and humility, born of intense suffering throughout his life, characterized everything that he did. In that regard, he was an extremely unusual individual: exactly the kind that I want to be when I’m old and the darkness of this world has weathered me.”


Prof. Eames was 58 years old and is survived by his wife, Lisa, and his two daughters, Hillary ’15 and Hannah ’21. He was preceded in death by his father, James Eames, and his son, Daniel on May 30, 2013. Though we grapple with grief at the loss of a beloved colleague and friend, the Covenant community rejoices that Prof. Eames is now united with his Savior, that he suffers no more, and that he has been reunited with his son.


Prof. Eames was selected by the graduating class of 2019 to deliver the commencement address on May 4, 2019.