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Bruce McKim of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, was the much beloved son of Wayne and Ann McKim of Towson, Maryland.  Bruce’s passing on from this life on October 5, 2020 was marked with heartfelt grief and remembrance by his family and a multitude of friends around the world.

Bruce was born on a wintery day, February 26, 1969 in Evanston, Illinois.  The eldest of three sons, Bruce lived most of his growing up years in Towson, Maryland.  In his childhood and teen years Bruce was passionate about travel and reading.  He had an especial love for Africa as the whole family lived a year in Nairobi, Kenya, 2 years in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and 3 years in Gaborone, Botswana.  Bruce loved the cultures and wildlife of Africa and demonstrated outstanding facility in the Swahili language.

Bruce received his B.A. degree in International Studies from American University and two M.A. degrees (in Anthropology and African Studies) from Yale University.  His graduate research was conducted on the island of Pemba off the coast of Tanzania where he lived for 2 and a half years.  Bruce’s research centered on the businesses of Chake Chake, a town in central Pemba, a place where he made life-long friendships.  As a graduate student at Yale, Bruce played a central role in the production of the Human Rights Watch  Report (published in 2002) that focused on serious political strife in Pemba and Zanzibar—Bruce was always proud to be involved in this report.

Bruce’s adult years were marked by three strong interests—traveling the world far and wide, selling books for his sole-owned company called Voyager Books, and for interest and pride in the town and people of Harpers Ferry.  Bruce travelled to 79 countries in his lifetime.  Bruce created and built the Voyager Books Company and especially enjoyed talking to and working with a wide variety of professionals and professors.  Bruce showed a deep interest in both their careers and their books.  The welfare of Harpers Ferry was of vital importance to Bruce.  Bruce totally loved the pets he had in Harpers Ferry over the years—Dougal and Duncan (Irish setters) and Douglas and Jasmine (Irish wolfhounds).

Bruce’s passing is deeply mourned by his family—his mom and dad, two brothers Andrew and Ross, Mariella (Andrew’s wife), 3 nephews Brandon McKim, Ryan McKim and Kyle McKim and 2 nieces, Alana McKim and Andrea McKim.  Bruce was a light of the family and will be sorely missed in all the coming days and years.

Bruce McKim was a member of FOT, Friends of Tanzania, an organization that supports numerous significent projects to better the life of Tanzanians.  Donations in Bruce’s honor and remembrance can be made at the FOT website in his name,

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