Kemper, Jr. was best known for leading UMB Bank. He retired as chairman in 2004, passing leadership to his son J. Mariner Kemper, the sixth Kemper to lead the company.
Kemper, Jr. was also a philanthropist and major patron of the arts. In 1990 he provided $6 million to build the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
Kansas City, MO Mayor Sly James mourned the passing of Kemper, Jr. “Always a maverick, he showed us that a dose of independence and willpower can often move people and institutions forward more quickly than running with the flock.”
Kemper, Jr. was known for his outspoken views. No more so than in his last full-length interview on KCPT when he appeared on the Talkback Live program with Steve Rose. In the interview from 2006, Kemper, Jr. holds nothing back from art to politics.
Ceremony for Kemper
The life of R. Crosby Kemper, Jr. will be honored this Thursday, January 9th, 2014 at 11 am at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 W 13th St, KCMO. The public is also invited to a reception afterwards from 1:30 to 4:30 pm at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.