Kalman S. Zempleny II
1964 - 2016
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December 29, 1964 - July 22, 2016 It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Kalman S. Zempleny II at age 51 after a brief and sudden illness. In his shortened life he accomplished so much. His smile warmed any room and everyone's heart. Whether it was playing piano or contributing to legal education, Kalman tackled everything with zeal. His zest for life was infectious. He truly never met a stranger. His many friends and family are blessed to have traveled in Kalman's orbit. Kalman was the Executive Director & General Manager of The Rutter Group (TRG), a premier provider of legal education to attorneys and judges throughout the country for over 23 years. Prior to joining The Rutter Group in 1992, Kalman was a solo practitioner in Sherman Oaks, Calif., handling civil, criminal and appellate cases. Kalman received a Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law at the age of 22 and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University at the age of 19. He also studied at Georgetown University and participated in international law programs at Downing College (University of Cambridge), the London School of Economics and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He graduated from Notre Dame High School at the age of 16. Kalman was a strong believer in giving back to the community, as is demonstrated by the countless awards and recognitions he has received over the years -- including his years of service to his law school, Pepperdine, alma mater. He was the youngest President of the Alumni Association for all of Pepperdine University (including Undergraduate, School of Law and Graduate schools) for a number of years and served on the Alumni Board for many years. He believed in making sure that lawyers, judges and legal professionals receive top-notch legal education. He served on the board of the Coalition for Justice and also on the Los Angeles County Bar Dispute Resolution Services steering committee for the Robert I. Weil Memorial Lecture since its inception, as well as being a long-time member of the Chancery Club. He was an accomplished musician and an avid traveler, having entertained on cruise ships and for free for thousands of senior citizens over the years. Most recently, Kalman joined the Board of the Friends of Los Angeles County Law Library. Those who were lucky enough to know Kalman as a friend would undoubtedly agree, that with all his talents, Kalman's greatest talent was being a friend. Kalman is survived by his husband and partner of 28 years, attorney Kenneth E. Wright and his mother June L. Zempleny. Those interested are encouraged to give to the following charities:The Friends of the L.A. Law Library; The L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center; The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles; The Jane Goodall Institute and/or Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Kalman's friends and family will be gathering Saturday, September 10 at Universal Hilton, noon, to celebrate his life and legacy.

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Published in Los Angeles Times from Sep. 1 to Sep. 9, 2016.
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April 1, 2017
I also found out about Kalman's passing.
I only met him 2 or three times -- when he won the Outstanding Youth Award by the San Fernando Valley Republican Women, at the Sportsmen's Lodge (We were both winners as teenagers)

He struck me as a special person, very intelligent and it seemed always the youngest person to win this or that award. Pretty amazing. His patents would often accompany him to these public events. They were so proud of him and I know he loved them. He will be missed.
David Tulanian
March 22, 2017
I just found out right now about Kalman's passing and I'm shocked. Kalman was truly a good friend of mine for over 26 years when he was a law clerk for our firm. From the moment we met, we became good friends. With both of us being single, we had a great time traveling (New Orleans, Hawaii) and dining out. Then when Kalman introduced me to Ken, I knew he found his soulmate in life. I'm sadden that through the years we've both been so busy that we kept less in touch. I regret not joining him and Ken on one of their "Cruise adventure" even though he invited me every year.

For my dear friend Ken and to Kalman's vivacious mother June, I give you my deepest sympathy and may God bless you both during these difficult times. May Kalman rest in peace.

Love Always, Becky Kuwashima
January 7, 2017
Just found out about kalmans passing- truly one of the saddest days of my life. I knew Kalman for 29 years and am in shock and full of sadness. Kalman was one of my dearest friends and one of the nicest, most down to earth, fun loving, warmest human beings I have ever met- may you rest in peace my friend.
Bob Johnson
November 19, 2016
I worked with Kalman for 20 years providing a program for The Rutter Group. I was also lucky enough to go on a cruise with him and his gang. He had so much more to give. I will miss him. Judge Peggy Hora (Ret.)
October 9, 2016
I am so sorry to learn of my nephew, Kalman's, passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Elly Reeve
Elly Reeve
October 4, 2016
Duncan and I are terribly shocked and saddened to hearing about Kalman. It seems incomprehensible that he is no longer with us as he was such an essential man, loving and living life to the full.
I met the exuberant, enthusiastic, fun-loving, entertaining, gregarious young Kalman in London some thirty years ago, when I was working at Amex opposite Harrods & he needed some help. It didn't take long to become firm friends, though he must had acquired thousands over the years as he was such a people-person and infectiously adorable.
Although we didn't get the chance to see him often, living so far away, he was always someone I would call a true friend and I shall miss him. He was a very special man.
My thoughts go out to you, Ken and June. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Ken, I would love to talk to you. If you could drop me a line to exchange phone numbers: taniafrancis@hotmail.com
Natalie x
Natalie Francis
September 26, 2016
Having just learned of Kalman's passing, I am so very sorry for (y)our loss. We met when I became an author for The Rutter Group. Kalman was my contact, my guide, my cheerleader, my mentor and my psychiatrist in the legal publishing world. He was, in the truest sense, a gentleman and a scholar.
He was kind, thoughtful, smart, funny, caring, and always "there" for me and so many others. He will be missed terribly.
Karen D. Kadushin
September 14, 2016
Hello, im so sorry about this...I keep thinking this didn't happen, and wish it didn't. I have no words at all, I do have great memories of meeting you both in Vancouver at the Hotel, His energy and sheer joy and fun was a magnet...he will be missed
I'm again so sorry

Robert Hornquist
Cabo San Lucas
Robert Hornquist
September 12, 2016
With shock and sadness, today I learned about Kalman's passing. I am at a loss for words to adequately describe my thoughts at this moment. Kalman was a gentleman of true kindness and love of life. I don't believe I ever saw him without a smile on his face and laughter in his words. We have been friends since law school and, unfortunately have not stayed as close as we should have the past few years, but I will miss his friendship tremendously. My sincerest condolences to Ken and June.
Michael Smith
September 12, 2016
Ken, the memorial on Saturday was just beautiful! Kalman would have been tickled pink, that's for sure. I hope you are getting some rest this week. I am here for you and June anytime. Sending you gentle hugs !!
Carolyn Goldstein
September 12, 2016
I met Kalman for the first time in 2009 when he and Ken came to my father's business to have a bite to eat. Ken is my father's nephew and they would visit when they were in the Las Vegas area. From the moment we met, Kalman had been nothing but the best to my family. He would always text me and ask how college and eventually my career were progressing. Kalman is one of the few people who I consider not only a family member, but a mentor and a role model for life. Kalman taught me how to appreciate every waking moment of life and did so in such a chic manor.

Very few people I know have accomplished what he did in so little time. I thank God everyday that I was able to spend the little time I could with him and I will treasure it for life. Thank you for introducing me to Kalman, he will always be in my heart. My deepest condelences and love in your time of sorrow.

Love, Joey Tuzzolino
Joey Tuzzolino
September 11, 2016
Kalman was my Big Brother in our Fraternity PI Kappa Alpha at LMU although he was 3 years younger than me and two classes above me. He was in a small group of people I call best friends. The impact of his passing has not yet been fully realized by me yet but the impact he had on so many people from literally all walks of life and from all around the world is amazing.
Kalman was taken from us too soon and too quickly. Yet if we all could strive to continue our lives with the love, openness and compassion that Kalman had for everyone he met, the world would be a much better place. I love you my dear friend, may you rest in peace!
John Wiley
September 10, 2016
Terribly sorry to hear about Kalman's passing. Sending my condolences to the family. May God give you strength and peace during this difficult time. (Psalm 29:11)
September 9, 2016
We are so very sorry for your loss. It's hard to say how much someone so kind and caring will be missed. Kalman's smile and
warmth will be with us forever.
Joe and Sharon Tuzzolino
September 9, 2016
Kalman was an unusually bright man, funny, compassionate, with hundreds of interesting stories and three of the largest Rolodex card holders that have ever been. Although there are many amazing things to say about him, the one that always comes to my mind is the fact that absolutely every person represented by those thousands of Rolodex cards would have done or given anything to Kalman that he needed - I saw it many times - ONLY because Kalman had already given and done so much for them already. If a man is measured by the love of his friends, Kalman is one of the greatest men who ever lived.

Classmate and friend, Marc Collins (Pepperdine Law, 1987)
September 7, 2016
My dear friend and "American brother" of more than 30 years is now gone. The suddennes of his passing is still a great shock.

Kalman will remain in my thoughts as one of the most emphatic person I have had the pleasure of knowing. He was a true friend.

Most heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleages.

Tuusula, Finland
September 6, 2016
I am sincerely sorry for the loss of your loved one. May you find comfort in knowing that those who have passed on in death God keep in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincere condolences to you and your family. May the God of all comfort give you strength and peace during this difficult time.
September 6, 2016
We are sorry for your loss. Kalman was a special and gifted person. He will be always remembered.


Joe and Margaret Caramucci
Margaret M Caramucci
September 4, 2016
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