George Rushing Kempf

Memorial services for George Rushing Kempf, 57, Lawrence, will be at 4 p.m. today at the Lawrence Jewish Community Center.

Mr. Kempf died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at his home.

He was born Aug. 12, 1944, in Globe, Ariz., the son of George V. and Eleanor (Wright) Kempf. He received a bachelor of science degree from Johns Hopkins University, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a doctorate from Columbia University.

He held teaching positions in the United States and abroad before returning to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, where he served as professor of mathematics for approximately 25 years until he retired. He moved to Lawrence six years ago.

Mr. Kempf was a member of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Douglas County.

Survivors include a daughter, Robin Kempf, Lawrence; a son, Lucas, Washington, D.C.; two sisters, Claudia Kempf and Alice Lobato, both of Grand Junction, Colo.; and a granddaughter.

The family suggests memorials to the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression or Johns Hopkins University department of mathematics, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

E-mail condolences may be sent to, subject: Kempf.