Area Philanthropist R. Crosby Kemper Jr. Dies At 86

By: AP (posted by Greg Palmer)
By: AP (posted by Greg Palmer)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) R. Crosby Kemper Jr., a banker, philanthropist and civic booster in Kansas City, has died at the age of 86.

The family said on a website that he died Thursday night in Indian Wells, Calif. A cause of death was not announced.

Kemper was chairman emeritus of Kansas City-based UMB Financial Corporation. His banking career spanned more than five decades before he retired from UMB in 2004.

In 1990, he gave $6 million to build the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design. His many contributions to Kansas City included support for the Agriculture Future of America, the Kansas City Symphony, the Metropolitan Performing Arts Fund, the American Royal and Kemper Arena, named in honor of his father, R. Crosby Kemper Sr.

Services for Kemper were pending.


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