F. Mark Lemp '50
Deceased May 9, 2014
Frank Marcus Lemp died peacefully on May 9, 2014, surrounded by his family.
Before coming to Amherst, he attended the Roxbury Latin School. At Amherst he joined Phi Delta Theta, and was on both the track and wrestling teams, lettering in the latter. As a graduate, he also obtained the status of Phi Beta Kappa. At that time, he deferred his Fulbright scholarship to join the Army, from which he was honorably discharged as a second lieutenant in the medical service department. Top of Form
Mark was an avid fisher, hunter and gardener and a lifelong bridge player, Red Sox fan, collector of barbecue pits and freezers, traveler, stock trader and staunch conservative.
He spent his career in the women’s shoe business, first at Brown Shoe Co. and Interco’s Florsheim Shoe Division. He then formed his own shoe company, FML Footwear Inc., which later became the Mosinger Co., LLC, d.b.a. Mark Lemp Footwear. He never really retired.
Mark leaves behind J. (Holyoke), his wife of 63 years; children Ann (Robert Keefe), Rick (Polly), Mark (Elizabeth) and Bill (Shannon); numerous grandchildren; and too many friends to count. His interest in hunting was shown in his 50th reunion blog, and in one of his charities of choice, the Delta Waterfowl Foundation in Bismarck, N.D.
George Hiller ’50
Rather than write about how Amherst did or did not contribute to my business successes and/or failures, both large and small, I thought to recount on my avocation.
On leaving the Army and moving to St. Louis, Jim Claiborne (a fellow Phi Delt), found me on arrival and persuaded me to take up hunting. First, he bought me a gun, some shells, and off we went quail hunting – no experience— no training—just off.
But once having overcome his near death experience, he took me to a duck blind in St. Charles, Mo., perhaps the capital of duck hunting in the U.S. at that time. A small speck appeared in the distance. By dint of very persuasive calls that speck in time became a mallard drake twenty feet over the decoys. One shot and he was down. A second spot appeared with the same end result.
The following morning both birds, perfectly cleaned and dressed, appeared on my doorstep. That evening, they were consumed. Ever since, I became an avid hunter (but only of what I would eat).
My wife “J”, my three boys (not my daughter) and now many of my eleven grandchildren accompany me on my pursuit of ducks, geese, quail, partridge, deer, elk, possum, rabbit, squirrel, groundhog, bear, and other animals of chance, enabling us as a family to enjoy the bounty of nature and one another.
I still hunt with Claiborne on occasion, but very cautiously.
But thanks to Amherst for instilling in me those qualities that enabled me to be successful enough to enjoy life on the fullest and the means to do that.