obituaries

Community
12:17 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Victim Of Jerusalem Terror Attack Had Deep Roots In Kansas City

Rabbi Kalman "Cary" Levine grew up in Kansas City and attended the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. He died in a terror attack in Jerusalem Tuesday.
Credit Courtesy of the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy

Updated, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday:

Two of the four rabbis killed in a terror attack at a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday had deep ties to the Kansas City Jewish community. 

Rabbi Kalman Levine was part of Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy’s first graduating class in 1976. And Rabbi Mosheh Twersky’s nephew teaches at the Jewish school in Overland Park, Kan. 

The two men died Tuesday in Jerusalem. 

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Community
8:17 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Colleague Remembers Kansas City Community Activist As Mentor And Friend

Longtime Westside activist Lynda Callon died Sunday after a short illness.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Lynda Callon, longtime director of the Community Action Center in Kansas City's Westside died Sunday after a very short illness.

Callon was a fierce advocate for Latino day workers and others in the community. She pushed to create a haven where day workers could get food and clothing as they gathered under the I-35 bridge waiting for work.

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People
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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Headlines
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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Up to Date
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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KCUR News
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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KCUR News
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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Obituaries
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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