Donald Robert Kemp

Posted: Tuesday, April 08, 2003

Former Juneau resident Donald Robert Kemp, 62, died March 4, 2003, of a heart attack during a flight to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. from his home in Decorah, Iowa.

He was born Aug. 27 1940, in Denver, Colo., to Warren Everett and Mary (Gaarder) Kemp. He received his bachelor's degree from Colorado State University and his master's degree from West Virginia University. From 1962 until 1968 he was a member of the Alaska National Guard. He resided in Juneau from 1966 to 1977 and was employed in various administrative positions with the state public welfare program.

He married Jane Zagel in Juneau on April 25, 1969. Their daughter Anna was born in 1974. In 1977 he joined the faculty of the Iowa Graduate School of Social Work at Drake University, and in 1978 began a long academic career with Luther College in Decorah. He retired in 1997, at which time he received the Social Worker of the Year award from the Iowa chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

His family said he will be remembered as a dedicated social worker and educator who provided leadership and inspiration for his students and colleagues.

He is survived by his wife, Jane, daughter Anna, son-in-law Russell Norris of Greenville, S.C., his brother Bill (Carolyn) Kemp of Denver, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be sent to Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 457, Decorah, IA 52101.

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