August 12, 2016
FROM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT, DOUGLAS HUMPHEREY
Greetings to my fellow Alumni!
Many of you probably have wondered why I haven’t had much to say about the demolition of the administration building or maybe not. My silence has come from a place of hurt and pain, a place of unbelief, a place of sorrow. I can only describe it similar to the feeling I had over a year ago when I received a call notifying me that I had lost my Dad. For me, the time I spent in the Kemper administration building was a place where I could find peace and reflect while looking at all the pictures of the classes before me and to know that I stood in a place of greatness. A place where not everyone had the privilege to stand. A place where I one day wanted my child to stand. My brothers and sisters – not everyone was as privileged as we have been to have had the opportunity to walk the halls of such a great institution as Kemper Military School and College. Sometimes “goodbye” really means “see you later”. But in this situation, our beloved administration building, “goodbye” means “gone forever”. We will always remember it in our hearts and minds. Please join the Alumni Association board in our efforts to fight and preserve her memory for many years to come!
I remain Kemper Proud!
Your friend and brother!
President KMS&C Alumni Association
Douglas E. Humpherey
P.S I’ll see you guys and gals October 7th for our annual reunion!
August 10, 2016
Photos from the Administration Building Demolition on August 10, 2016
July 21, 2015
Some of you know that Math Hall was completely renovated by State Fair Community College, but we’re happy to say that they need more space! Science Hall is currently being remodeled by State Fair and we’re hoping that renovations will be complete by the reunion in 2016 so we can take a tour! It’s great to see some life back on campus!
May 20, 2015
FROM BOARD MEMBER LAURA GRAMLICH
Today I attended a meeting about the demolition of the Administration Building on the Kemper Campus. The process has started. It is in the planning phase now and the time line is drawing near to start. Asbestos removal will begin soon then goes the building. I have been against the demolition but in the end there just was not enough support to save it. My heart is heavy with the thought of it gone and I’m tearing up writing this. Over 150 years of history will be lost and it’s hard to explain how it has impacted so many lives. How many lifetime friends it helped make. The Alumni Association has been working hard since the closure of the school to secure important pictures, documents and other memorabilia from the school. We continue to work to preserve the Kemper spirit. Douglas Humpherey has made an impact on getting our annual reunion attendance up but we need everyone to continue to support our endeavors. There are more buildings on campus and the City of Boonville would like to preserve them and make them viable economic anchors with businesses. We can make a difference. Not for the Administration Building but for the rest of the campus. Let me or the Alumni Association know if anyone is interested in helping.
Otherwise….. “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away ” ~ May 20, 2015
Thanks so much everyone and especially Chris Moos for getting all this done! I know takes time away from work and personal time. I appreciate everyone’s help!
LETTER FROM OUR KMS ALUMNI PRESIDENT
Dear fellow Alumni!
I hope that this letter finds each and every one of you well and in good health and in perfect peace with your family and friends!
In recent weeks the city of Boonville has informed the alumni association, as well as the residents of Boonville that our beloved Administration building is in bad shape. Something that all of us that have returned to campus have witnessed with our own eyes. The subjects has come up – what to do with the building tear it down or tear part of it down! The city doesn’t have the money to rehab the structure, and they really don’t want to tear it down, so this is where we as the alumni association can come in to pull together hand and hand shoulder to shoulder, full time cadet and day students both male and female alike and work together to save our legacy.
Over the years Kemper poured out of herself to give something to all of us. Starting with our founder Frederick T. Kemper who gave of himself unselfishly with the first 5 students and he continued to push through his dream and by the fall of 1844 he had 50 students in the first year. Mr. Kemper did this by himself.
Then we had Col. T.A. Johnston who guided Kemper through its largest growth and transition. The school grew by leaps and bounds under Col. Johnston leadership.
Then we had Col. A.M. Hitch. Under Col. Hitch the academic hall was added as well as science hall.
I said all of that to say – this family we come from is a good pedigree of leadership and it’s time for us to step up and save a place that saved so many of us. A lot of people didn’t like being at Kemper when they were there but more of us than not appreciate what we took away from the experience. Lifelong friends, a brotherhood, a way of life memories. Some of us met our wives at Kemper. Kemper is too important for us not to try and save. We need your financial support the Alumni Association is taking steps to establish a trust fund for that specific cause, as we move forward more details will become available.
Our Vice President will be addressing the Boonville City Council on Monday to ask them to give us a chance to address our alumni and different organizations to help us in this great endeavor. She’s calling on us, when your parents called on her she answered the call. Will YOU answer her call now?
More information will be available in the coming days and weeks.
Thanks in advance for your help and support.
Remember our motto: NUNQUAM NON PARATUS
~ Douglas Humpherey KMS ’92
Letter from our Alumni President:
July 20, 2014
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