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JENKINS KEMPTON B. JENKINS U.S. DIPLOMAT On Sunday, November 18, 2012, Kempton Boyce Jenkins of Bethesda, MD passed away at Suburban Hospital surrounded by his loved ones. Kempton is survived by his devoted wife of 37 years, Lucy; three sons, Peter of Gill, MA, and Tim and Michael, both of Bethesda, MD; one daughter, Ann of Bethesda, MD; 14 grandchildren , two great-grandchildren and his loyal Airedale, Monty. He was predeceased by his late beloved first wife Cecile "C" Jenkins and his son Greig. A proud Foreign Service Officer and devoted family man, Kempton Jenkins "Jenks," had a varied and distinguished career. He served in the foreign service and with the Department of State for 30 years. He was a Russian specialist, and was posted to both Berlin and Moscow in the late 1950's and early 1960's during the height of the Berlin Crisis and Cuban Missile Crisis. For a time he was the Director of the US Information Agency. He served as Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations under Henry Kissinger. Mr. Jenkins wrote a book about this period, "The Cold War Saga", which was published in 2010. He was finalizing a second book, "Airedale Tales", which will be published posthumously. Mr. Jenkins retired from government in 1980. He then became Corporate Vice President for Armco Steel and was a lobbyist for the steel industry for 10 years. Since 1990, he served as a consultant to corporations seeking to do business overseas, primarily in Russia and formerly communist eastern European Nations. He was an accomplished tennis player, as are each of his sons. He was an enthusiastic golfer, devoted father and grandfather, known and remembered with love as "Papa." In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to National Rehabilitation Hospital at 102 Irving Street NW, Washington, DC. A memorial service will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase on Friday, November 23 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the Chevy Chase Club, 6100 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD.
Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 21, 2012