In January, Anderson University lost alum David Talbott “Tal” Kirkwood (BA ’96) unexpectedly due to cardiovascular disease. In honor of his late brother, Peter Kirkwood has organized “58 for 58: A Memorial Run for Tal Kirkwood” on June 21, Tal’s birthday.
“Tal will always be remembered as a dedicated family man who set an example for those that knew him well,” said Peter. “Tal's leadership on and off the field whether as a HCAC champion, a youth sports coach, or his years working in the medical sales industry have inspired family, friends, and colleagues to excel in their endeavors.”
Peter will be running from Tal’s home in Fishers, Ind. to Anderson University where he is planning to have a campus run and walk at 11 a.m. While at Macholtz Stadium, Peter is encouraging alumni and friends to join him on campus for the run and a memorial service for Tal at 11:45 a.m.
A picnic lunch will be served at the stadium at 12 p.m. To register for the lunch, visit 58for58.eventbrite.com. After the lunch, Peter will be returning to Fishers to complete the 58 mile run that will also serve as a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. For more information, visit www.tinyurl.com/58for58.
Tal was raised in South Carolina where he played football in high school and lived with his family in Okinawa, Japan, until attending Anderson University from 1992-1996. While attending AU, he wore jersey number 58 on the offensive line for the Anderson University Ravens football team. He was part of the undefeated Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Championship team in 1993. Tal met his wife, Jenny Hatchell Kirkwood while at AU and they have three children, Jack, Maggie, and Charlie.
Tal had a successful career in sales with Alcon Laboratories, Inc. for over 15 years. He attended Church at the Crossing in Indianapolis and played an active part in the lives of children as a den leader for the Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America and coached basketball and football.
“What Tal gave through his perseverance towards excellence at Anderson University as a student athlete was returned through a spiritual education that made him the man of faith that has become his legacy at his church and for his children,” said Peter.
Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.