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Viktor R. Kemper


Viktor R. Kemper, 62, of Macomb, died at 3 a.m. Monday, July 20, 2009, at McDonough District Hospital, Macomb.
He was born Sept. 20, 1946, in St. Louis, Mo., to Robert and Ann (Tompkins) Kemper.
He is survived by one sister, Dorothy “Becky” Almon, St. Louis, Mo.; two aunts, Lucy Huntley, Columbia, S.C., and Florence Tompkins, Danville, Va.; and numerous cousins.
He came to Macomb in 1984 and was employed by Western Illinois University in the English and Journalism Department where he became a Senior Associate Professor. While at WIU in 1994 he was the Chair of the English Instructors’ Committee; in 1994 he received a Ten Year Service Award. From 1991 to 1994 he was a member of the Composition Committee. From 1991 to 1993 he was a reader for the Mississippi Valley Review. From 1990 to 1991 he was Co-Chair of the English Instructors’ Caucus and from 1985 to 1986 he was a member of the English Department Senate. Prior to coming to Macomb he taught from 1969 to 1975 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He received his doctorate in English literature before 1500 in 1983 and his master’s degree in English literature in 1971 both from the Miami University. While at Miami University in 1975 to 1976 he did his dissertation fellow; 1974-1976 he did a summer graduate fellow and from 1969 to 1971 he was a graduate assistant. He received his bachelor’s degree from Lindenwood College in English literature in 1968. While at Lindenwood College he was a member of the Alpha Sigma Tau (senior scholastic honorary); 1965 to 1968 he was a member of the Alpha Psi Omega (national theatre honorary) and in 1964 to 1968 he did a theatre fellow.
He was a member of the National Rifle Association, Illinois Rifle Association, Hancock County Gun Club, S.A.S.S. (Single Action Shooting Society), and he went by the Alias “Deacon Warlock”
A celebration of life will be held from 5-9 p.m Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009, at the Bailey House, 100 S. Campbell St., Macomb.
Memorials may be made to TAPS-No Kill Animal Shelter or the McDonough District Hospital Hospice Program.
Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen is in charge of arrangements.
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