Robert Jenkins Kemp ’51

Robert Jenkins Kemp ’51 died on February 18, 2008, in Tampa, Fla.

Born on December 11, 1927, in Quincy, Mass., he prepared for college at Thayer Academy and Braintree High School in Massachusetts. He served in U.S. Army Air Corps in 1946-47. At Bowdoin, he became a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity (which became Delta Sigma Fraternity in 1951-52). Following his graduation, he entered Harvard Business School, from which he received an M.B.A. degree in 1953. From 1954 to 1965, he held various positions with the sporting goods firm A.G. Spalding in Chicopee, Mass. In 1965, he began a long association with the optical industry as director of marketing for Marine Optical in Boston from 1965 to 1970. He joined Univis Frame Co. in North Attleboro, Mass., as a general manager and then was general manager for May Optical, Inc., of Marion, Mass., before returning to Marine Optical as a co-owner in 1975. He retired in 1988. In Bowdoin affairs, he was a member of several reunion committees for the Class of 1951, was Planned Gift Agent for the Class of ’51, and served on the Alumni Council. He was the chairman of the New England Chapter of the Transplant Recipients International Organization. He is survived by his wife, Mary Louise (Dee) Kemp, whom he married in 1960; two daughters, Elizabeth Kemp-Rose of California and Margaret Kemp-Murphy of Massachusetts; three grandchildren; and a brother,Wallace M. Kemp of Hanover, Mass.