Funeral services are being held today for 58 year-old Kim Peek of Murray, the savant who gained fame when he inspired the Dustin Hoffman character in the movie “Rain Man.”Retired USU Education Professor Jean Pugmire was a close friend of Kim Peek and his father Fran. She says at the time of his death Kim’s brain was being studied by NASA scientists. She says Kim couldn’t walk until he was three or climb stairs until he was 14. Kim was never able to dress himself or tie his own shoes. Yet she says he had extraordinary mental skills. “Kim could read by two,” Pugmire says. “He looked his first word up in the dictionary at three.”Pugmire also says that Peek had a fondness for music. “He loved classical music. He had a memory that would not permit him to forget anything. So he would know the classical music that he played at three and four.” She says while in Logan Kim spent hours discussing music with Utah Festival Opera General Director Michael Ballam and speaking to local groups about the importance of treating everybody kindly.
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