The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on October 12, 1998 · Page 9
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The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas · Page 9

Galveston, Texas
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Monday, October 12, 1998
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GALVESTON COUNTY, TEXAS MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1998 Sandy stood out from all the rest of the Kempner clan E ven if you crossed the Causeway in the southbound lane for the first time only last Tuesday, you surely already know the Kempner name, and you probably also know that family has the odd tradition of giving its men botanical nicknames such as Tree and Shrub and Branch and Twig. To me, one Kempner man stood out from all the rest. His real name was Marion Lee Kempner, but rather than having been nicknamed Leaf or Root, he was called Sandy. He was born in 1942, the second son of Harris and Ruth Kempner and the younger brother of Shrub. As a child and as a young man, there was a soft genteelness about Sandy that came across both in his appearance and bis demeanor. Unlike his brother, father and grandfather Kempner, he was not driven toward competitiveness in school or athletics, and apparently had only a mild interest in business. If you knew the Kempner men well, you could tell by looking at Sandy that he was one of them; if you didn't, it was likely you saw no resemblance at all, in looks or personality. Sandy was sent to prep School district forced shaves The Associated Press HOUSTON — A parent's complaint that her son and about 30 other students were forced to shave with the same electric rasSor is under investigation at the Galena Park school district. North Shore High School freshmen and sophomores in a Friday first-period industrial technology class were marched to the cafeteria and told they could not leave until they were shaved, said parent Pam Jenkins. "This is not a concentration camp," Jenkins said. "At the very least, they could have sent a note home." The mother says educators refused a request by her son Barry, 14, for a clean razor. Peggy McWhorter, school district chief of staff, said an investigation would begin today into the report. nmc THERE IS A DIFFERENCE Special Engagement - No passes or discount tickets • Twi-lite Price ( ) Sony Dynamic Digital Sound A Digital Sound * GULF POINTE 30 1-45 South & Beltway 8 281-319-4AMC ALL STADIUM SEATING ANTZ(PG) A On 2 Screws 1:15,23), 3:30 (5:00) 7:15,8:00,9:30 ONE TOUGH COP(R)1:05,3:15 (5:45) 6:25,10:30 CLAY PIGEONS (R) 1:40 (5:20) 7:40,10:10 WHAT DREAMS MAY COME(PG-13) A On2 Screens 1:30,2:30 (5:15) 7:15,7:50,10:00 RUSH HOUR (PG-13) A On 3 Screens 2:00,3:15 (5:10,5:40) 7:00,7:35,8:15, 9:30,10:05 URBAN LEGEND(R) AOn2Sowi*1:45,3:35(520)750,8:30,1020 / RONIN(R)On 2 Screens 1:45 (5:30) 7:30,8:15,10:15 ONE TRUE THING (H) A1:20 (5:00) 7:55,10.30 SIMON BIRCH (PG) A 2:00 (5:00) 7:40,10:20 SAVING PRIVATE RYAN(R) A On 2 Screws 1SS (5-50) 745.9:45 SOMETHING ABOUTHARY(R)On2SawraliO(5JO)725,83). 1(M WRONGFULLY ACCUSED(PG-13) 125,325 (5:45) 8:20,1055 KNOCK OFF(R) A 1:40 (5:35) 8:20.10:30 SNAKE EYES (R)1.20 (5:50) 8:10.10:25 DANCE WITH ME(PG) A 1:35 (5:05) 7:40.10:30 ARMAGEDDON (PG-13)*. 1:35 (5 15) 6:10 HALLOWEEN: H20(R) 1:10.3:20 (5:55) 8:25,10:30 EVER AFTER (PG-13) 1:30 (5:25) 8:00,10:30 THE PARENT TRAP (PG) A1:40 (5:00) THE NEGOTIATOR (R) 1:25 (5:00) 8:00 THE MASK OF ZORRO(PG-13)A1:50 (5:15) 8:10 LETHAL WEAPON 4(R) A 1:55 (5:05) 7:55 DR. DOUTTLE{PG-13)1:10,3:10 (5:35) 7:35. 9:40 •TICKETS* (281) 319-4AMC school at Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., where he was jokingly noted in the yearbook to be the "biggest griper" and the Mass moose." He wasn't much of an athlete, but he worked hard to be on the cross-country team, was accepted and lettered. His school mates were proud of him for those accomplishments and noted it in his yearbook. When he graduated, the headmaster wrote with pleasure that Sandy had finally buckled down and learned his Latin, and from that, the headmaster told Sandy there was evidence now that he would succeed academically after all. The inference was that Sandy had been unsure of bis scholastic ability, the headmaster hadn't. From Hill, Sandy went to Duke University in Durham, N.C: He pledged Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and was gradu- V BILL CHERRY Tales of Galveston atedin!964. From his entrance into Hill through his graduation from Duke, at least seven school yearbooks were published. It is interesting to note that Sandy Kempner consciously chose to not have his portrait in any of them. Nevertheless, he was enormously well-liked by his classmates as was borne out by the notes each wrote in those yearbooks. Rather than come back to Galveston, Sandy enlisted in the Marines because he felt so strongly about the 'Vietnam conflict. As a second lieutenant of "Mike" Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, he saw and participated in combat first hand. In response to why he had chosen to join the Marines and to fight in Vietnam, Sandy wrote, "There has never been a right place or a right war for us to fight." "By destroying and killing with the one hand, and by cultivating, encouraging, making men healthy and educated with the other, I am building a dike.... God help the country if we ever run out of people who are willing to sacrifice for such a cause." Sandy Kempner was shot in action on Sept. 13,1966, for which he got a Purple Heart. As soon as he recovered, he went back to the front lines. He was shot again on Nov. 11, 1966. This time it was fatal. The Kempner family endowed a special room on the third floor of the Rosenberg Library and named it Sandy's Room in his honor. I like to go there from time to time, mainly because there is an enormous painted portrait of my friend Sandy looking exactly as I remember him, standing next to the mast of a sailboat. It's fun to see him again, still looking young, where the more than 30 years since have marked my face, yet not his. And there is a bound copy of the eulogy Rabbi Robert Blender of Temple B'nai Israel delivered at Sandy's memorial service on Nov. 17,1966. It in itself is a fine literary work. Analogous stanzas of Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" are there. I read the eulogy from cover to cover every time. Sandy Kempner's will pro- vided that a significant portion of his estate be dedicated to funding scholarships, something most of us who knew him would have guessed would have been his bequest. William B. Moore, a classmate of Sandy's at Hill School wrote in Sandy's yearbook, "Somewhere, sometime I'll meet you again." There are an enormous number of people who knew Sandy who feel the same way. Those of you who didn't know him, fortunately will be able to meet him then, too. • Bill Cherry, a lifelong Galveston resident and a piano tuner by profession, writes this column weekly on his recollections of Hfe on the Island. He can be reached at LVNAT Convention '98 LVNAT Convention '98 will be October 15-18 at the San Luis Resort and conference center. Open to all nurses and students. Those in attendance for all sessions will receive 12 credits of continuing education. Registration is $100.00 for members and $110.00 for non-members. A one-day pass is $60.00. 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