Updated March 30 2021: We are approaching April 1, a year after we lost him to Covid-19. Barry Selwyn (see his webpage www.sophianic.com ) sent us, the friends of Kim, the above tribute, which can be viewed more sharp on the link as shown above.
Updated June 9: 3 photos sent to me by Graciete Amaro and attached at the end of this blog.
Added May 21, 2020 A pdf scanned from the original first draft autobio, dictated to Graciete Amaro, and typed by her in 1974 – ’75. She send it to me and I had it scanned (91 pages). The first two pages are a bit less readable since they had faded. https://theconnectivist. This document is about Kim Velman’s early youth and has some overlap with the two part final autobiography, see below. It is however very funny, a real pageturner and tells us much about his candid journey through life 🙂
Added May 8, 2020 Kim Veltman’s fantastic Autobiography. In two parts (pdf) and link to Google Drive file.
=========Message from Bergamo, IT, very heavy hit by Corona======
I hope you are very well and I am sorry to disturb you, but we are getting closer to the religious celebration, next May, 1st 2020 – 11:30 – 12:30 (CEST – Central European Summer Time) as I mentioned in the last message, which will take place at Church of Saints Bartolomeo and Stefano in Bergamo, Italy.
In the celebration there is a choral song by the monks of the convent. The text and accompanying music was inaugurated in the Donizetti theater, since both buildings were erected in the same historical period.
Perhaps, you can light a candle or join spiritually and mentally, in some prayer, for the eternal rest of our dear Professor Dr Kim H. Veltman.
Thanks for your attention. Kind regards, Francisco V. C. Ficarra
Requiem Gabriel Fauré
On April 1 2020 my dear friend Kim Veltman, Maestro Librarian passed away from the Corona Virus in Maastricht, NL.
May he rest in peace in Heaven’s virtual Library !!
- Who he was and what he did in his life is logged very well on WikiPedia : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_H._Veltman
- I have described several of his works on my blog ( theconnectivist.wordpress.com ), most important one is about his book about the origins in #EurAsia of each character/glyph of our alfabet. https://theconnectivist.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/alphabets-of-life-great-book-about-our-roots/
He was a very active and very interested knowledge-scientist with a huge, broad and deep knowledge. Kim was not rich, not world famous but he had something much more valuable: a wide variety of friends he visited and with whom he shared his wisdom, imagination and amazing perspectives. Here are two of the comments written when his friends notified each other that Kim had died:
============= IN MEMORIAM KIM VELTMAN
“Shortly before I met Kim there was a documentary by the VPRO-channel on Dutch television about the Marshall McLuhan Institute in Toronto. Kim, who, at the time, worked at the institute, presented in this documentary his SUMS system in which he tried to make universal knowledge accessible in a new way. A student of mine in information science was caught by Kim’s ideas and asked Kim if he could do an internship with him for some time. And that happened.
That is how I came into contact with Kim’s work. After all, that led to Kim coming to the Netherlands in 1997 to work there for the Maastricht Marshall McLuhan Institute.
Kim had already earned his scientific spurs in the 1980s through his work on Leonardo da Vinci’s perspective theory. [[ Kim was one of the only people who got access to all the writings and drawings of Leonardo in the Vatican]] In the nineties he became increasingly fascinated by the accessibility of knowledge and the role of new media in it. Kim, following Leonardo, was a striking example of the homo universalis for me. All his life he has been fascinated by finding connections between scientific fields and finding ways to access global knowledge in an all-encompassing way.
That was not an easy task because Kim was a man with a mission and a strong belief in the realization of that mission. The vistas he developed were too distant for the average university administrator and not infrequently brought him into conflict with them. It was the classic conflict between idealism and feasibility. For Kim, the long-term perspective of idealism was more important than the perspective of the feasibility in the short term.
In recent years, he has further developed his ideas in his internationally very broadly branched network, which he always maintained carefully. A network of people who had confidence in his long-term perspectives. He inspired many. “
“That was the first time I saw SUMS. The first time he turned on that world map, and zoomed into Greece, then Athens, the Acropolis and the marble sculptures will forever be seared into my memory. We began to talk and became fast friends. You must remember this was in the days when Windows and the Internet had just come out, and the Mosaic web browser was still new. He showed me his demo and I invited a few friends to see it. Some of them got it, the others just didn’t care. This would be a consistent pattern with his SUMS demos…some people get it and some just don’t. Time and studies prevented me from working on it with him, it never stayed far from my mind. There was nobody else who would talk in any depth about the future, the past and the present state of human knowledge…from technology to mysticism, across cultures and domains. He would sometimes tell me there were very few people besides me he could talk about some of these things with (like mysticism, metaphysics, certain aspects of history etc.)…but in my youthful ignorance I assumed I’d always find more people like him in this world, but sadly there were very few. Truth be told there were none I could find”
Kim Veltman was a Human #Soliton !
jaap van till, theConnectivist
PS 1 Certificates from Institute in India
Photos from Kim on his travels and visits to friends :