Charles Kemper, a flight surgeon in the air force during World War II, retired country doctor, ornithologist, author, founder of Kemper Woods nature preserve in Wisconsin, celebrated his 101st birthday online with family and friends on December 29th.

 

We lost one first cousin in France, shot down by enemy aircraft. Another was blown up in the deadly hedgerows beyond Utah and Omaha beaches. I lost a college teammate at Pearl Harbor. But I was not unusual; just about everyone I knew could relate similar stories of friends and family who lost their lives or were seriously wounded, Charles wrote in an article he published in 2015.

 

The cousin who was blown up in the deadly hedgerows was Richard Kemper, the man for who the Memorial Park on the grounds of Mamaroneck High School is named. 

 

You can learn more about Dr. Kemper by visiting the following sites:

 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-country-doctor-cant-forget-his-40-years-of-house-calls-1518134157

https://alumni.duke.edu/magazine/articles/charles-kemper-40

http://www.audubon.org/sites/default/files/documents/a_traveling_country_doctor_shares_chippewa_memories.pdf

https://volumeone.org/articles/2008/07/17/75_For_The_Birds

https://www.leadertelegram.com/news/front-page/longtime-bird-counter-cutting-back/article_b892a049-ead9-5822-b3df-d24c8cd6315a.html