4:01 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Remembering R. Crosby Kemper Jr., Icon Of Kansas City

The Kemper family supported farming and agriculture, most notably through the support of the American Royal.
Credit Courtesy / The Kemper family

R. Crosby Kemper Jr., banker, philanthropist, and giant of Kansas City civic life, died last week at his friend's home in Indian Wells, Calif. He was 86.

Kemper was born in 1927 in Kansas City, the only son of R. Crosby Kemper Sr. and Enid Jackson Kemper.

Throughout his active life, many of his preoccupations reflected his family's legacy  — a long line of Kansas City aristocrats and leaders involved in banking, agriculture and politics. 

A banker's life

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9:29 am
Fri January 3, 2014

R. Crosby Kemper Jr. Dies At 86

Kemper Jr. displayed a lifelong passion for the arts.
Credit Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Kansas City banker and philanthropist, R. Crosby Kemper Jr. has died at the age of 86.

Kemper was best known for leading Kansas City-based UMB Financial Corp. He died Thursday in Indian Wells, Calif.

His son R. Crosby Kemper III says he was there enjoying the great weather over the holidays.

Kemper Jr. was born in Kansas City on Feb. 22, 1927 to R. Crosby Kemper Sr. and Enid Jackson Kemper. He worked in banking for more than 50 years, starting at his father's City National Bank as a night transit clerk and eventually becoming president in 1959.

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10:09 am
Tue December 11, 2012

144 Fascinating People Who Died In 2012

The late comedian George Burns once said: "Every morning when I get up, I read the obituary page. If my name's not there, I shave."

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10:40 am
Wed January 12, 2011

People We Lost in 2010

Kansas City, MO –

Jazz greats, stellar newsmen and punk icons were just a few of the memorable folks that we lost in 2010.

Ruth Rhoden Delivered "Just Jazz"

Daniel Schorr, 'Talk Of The Nation' Founding Father

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10:25 am
Wed October 6, 2010

Former Kansas City Congresswoman Karen McCarthy Dies At 63

Kansas City, Missouri – Representative Karen McCarthy has died in an Alzheimer's Unit in Johnson County.

McCarthy's family revealed last year the former legislator and Congresswoman was battling a rare form of Alzheimer's disease. The family also said McCarthy had suffered from bipolar disorder for many years, as well.

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11:43 pm
Sun July 2, 2006

Judge Cordell Meeks, Jr. Dies

Kansas City, MO – Judge Cordell Meeks, Jr. died suddenly at his home this week. He was 63. Meeks, a 26-year veteran of the Wyandotte County District Court, was respected by his colleagues and friends not only as a prodigious member of the bench, but also as a generous contributor of time and talent to many civic causes. With us to talk about the legacy of Cordell Meeks is Nick Tomasic, District Attorney for Wyandotte County for 32 years.

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