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Friends of Lewis & Clark Remembered

June 05, 2012

John “Jack” Kemp B.S. ’63, a life trustee of Lewis & Clark College, died January 30, at age 70.

After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Kemp progressed through the management ranks at U.S. National Bank, eventually becoming executive vice president. He joined Columbia Management Company in 1983, rising all the way to chairman before his retirement in 2000.

Kemp soon discovered he was not the “retiring” kind. He purchased Hawks View Vineyard in 2002 and opened his winery, Hawks View Cellars, five years later.

Kemp was a devoted alumnus and an active supporter of Lewis & Clark. From 1997 to 2004, he served as a trustee of the college. During his tenure on the board, he played a lead role in establishing the Audit Committee as a standing committee of the board, developing a board policy for debt management, and championing the expansion of student housing with the construction of apartment-style residence halls along Huddleson Lane. He will be remembered for his energy, enthusiasm, generosity, and good humor.

A civic leader with wide-ranging philanthropic interests, Kemp was president of the Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Association, a member of the board of the Portland Art Museum, and a supporter of the United Way and numerous other charities.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Willie; daughters Kari Moore and Kristi Rice; son A.J. Kemp; and five grandsons.

Warren Smith, a former faculty member of Lewis & Clark College, died February 13, at age 92.

Smith joined the faculty at Lewis & Clark College in 1947 after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. He earned his Ph.D. at Stanford University and was a professor of health and physical education at Lewis & Clark from 1947 to 1962. He was then appointed Lewis & Clark’s dean of men, a position he held until 1964, when he left the college to become chair of the health department at the University of Oregon.

Smith is survived by his son, David; his daughter, Carol Wilson; his sister, Phoebe; nephew Ronald W. Atwood B.A. ‘73 and wife Rebecca Youngstrom; nephew Tom Atwood and wife Dorothy Atwood; and two grandsons.

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