Fritz Kempner

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Fritz Kempner

Fritz died on January 7, 2013, at the age of 91. The information below
was posted just prior to Fritz's attendance at our 50th reunion.

82 Joseph Mains Road
Woolwich, ME  04579-4013

(207) 442-0907

Fritz hasn't lost a step (literally, if you note his reference below to a 550-mile hike in 2004). If you'd like to know more about him, read his very interesting autobiography. Below is a note he wrote in anticipation of our 50th reunion, which he will attend, followed by a note he wrote in anticipation of our 40th reunion, which he attended. The first note summarizes personal highlights subsequent to our 40th reunion in 2000, whereas the second note summarizes events from our graduation to 2000.

Note from Fritz before our 50th:

Allow me to present the following for info on myself, since 2000.

Since 2000 my wife Natalie and I have been extremely fortunate to be able to continue to enjoy life. In 2004 we hiked the 550 miles of the Pilgrims' Camino of Saint James from Roncesvalles on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees westward to Santiago de Compostela. Contacts were easy and varied, from the devout to the atheist a veritable smorgasbord.

Intellectually, we have found nearby Bowdoin College a stimulating challenge.

There is also the political: I think Maine is unique in having all of its (two) House members Democrats, while both Senators are (moderate) Republicans, as well as female. We continue to find ourselves in sympathy with Quaker ideals and regret that President Obama believes that war is the answer in Afghanistan.

However, in the end Vergil said it all: Omnia vincit amor.

Very much looking forward to seeing the Stalwarts of 1960 once again.

Note from Fritz before our 40th:

For those who may remember me, here is a brief sketch.

After encountering the brilliance of the Class of '60, my teaching naturally went downhill... For a change of venue, I did teach for a year in England (Bolton) and later in Germany (Braunschweig). Other highlights:

  • Getting married in 1971
  • Doing volunteer American Friends Service Committee work in Philadelphia
  • Taking student groups to Eastern Europe, the USSR and Nigeria
  • Visiting Lou Connick in Laos
  • After retiring from PC in 1986, making several visits to Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Cuba

I am now living in and loving Maine. Should any of the Class of '60 want to see me about changing a grade up or down (or about anything else) do drop by!