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CHILLICOTHE - Prof. Harold W. Kemp, age 88, of Chillicothe, formerly of Washburn, Ill., and Gainesville, Fla., died at 11:58 p.m. Monday, March 1, 2010, at Heritage Manor in Chillicothe.

He was born March 25, 1921, in Wilburn, Ill., the son of Delbert and Cora (Danhof) Kemp.

Surviving are a brother, Ralph E. Kemp of Chillicothe; a nephew, Ron Kemp of Morton; and a niece, Jane (Kemp) Huggins of Chillicothe.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He grew up in Washburn, Ill., and graduated from Washburn High School in 1939. He earned a bachelor of science degree in architecture from the University of Illinois in 1949 and a master of science degree in architecture from the University of Illinois in 1951. He was awarded the distinguished Ricker Award from the University of Illinois Dept. of Architecture in 1946-47.

He was part owner in Phillips & Kemp Architects in Canton for several years before moving to the University of Florida, Gainesville, teaching architectural classes until 2007, when he retired as a professor. He was voted Professor of the Year in 1985 by students and faculty. In 1989 he was awarded the University of Florida "Excellence" Award. Teaching was his life. He devoted most of his career to teaching others about architecture and architectural history.

He was a decorated World War II veteran, first lieutenant, flying with the U.S. Air Force, 49th Bomb Squadron, 15th Air Force, Second Bombardment Group as a B-17 navigator. He flew 19 missions over Europe between 1943 and 1945.

Cremation rites will be accorded. Additional service plans are still pending. Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Washburn United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be made at www.weberhurdfuneralhome.com.




Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 4, 2010
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