George Kemp
George Kemp
Title: 2008 Inductee (Baseball 1948-1951/Basketball 1948-1951)

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has named former University of Corpus Christi (UCC) basketball and baseball player, George Kemp, as a 2008 inductee into the Athletic Hall of Honor.

George Kemp was born on August 13, 1929 in Houston, Texas.  Kemp was a two sport athlete during his time at UCC representing the Tarpon baseball and basketball teams from 1948-1951.  He was a member of the celebrated 1949 UCC Tarpon basketball team which ended the season with a 25-1 record including wins over then NCAA powerhouses Oklahoma City and Southwest Texas State University. 

As part of the well-rounded education Kemp received at UCC, he also was active in the University Choral which was directed at the time by Frank Ing. Kemp graduated from UCC in 1951 and spent the next several years continuing his pursuit of education earning a master’s degree and his Ph.D. from the University of North Texas in 1961.  In 1968-1969 he did a post-doctoral sabbatical at the Yale Medical School and the Gesell Institute of Child Development at New Haven, Connecticut.

Kemp’s long and extremely successful career in higher education began at Kansas State University where he taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology.  After a few years in the heartland, higher education took the Kemp family to Louisiana where George served as a professor of psychology, chairman of Educational Psychology and as a member of the Graduate Council at Northwestern State University from 1962-1970. Kemp’s success at Northwestern State opened up yet another door. He spent the next 27 years at Louisiana State University-Shreveport (LSU-Shreveport) serving as chairman of the Graduate Council, a role in which he researched and authored the Constitution an Bylaws of the graduate school. 

In addition to his academic leadership, Kemp served as the Director of the LSU-Shreveport Campus Beautification Project from 1984-2000.  In 2000, he and his wife Rita and their children Bradley and his wife Rocio and Dr. Kevin and Mrs. Kelly Kemp Graves endowed the future care of the Campus Forest and the University Chime System which the family presented as a tribute to George’s mother Grace Hudgins Kemp in 1982.

Dr. Kemp is a Fellow of the Kansas Psychological Association and is a licensed psychologist in Louisiana.  He was extremely active in his profession, serving as president of the Louisiana Psychological Association. He was appointed by the governor to a five-year term as a member and elected as Chairman of the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.  Kemp is the only psychologist ever to have been elected as president of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences.  In 1978 he was elected from Louisiana-Arkansas to a five-year team as a member of the Governing Council of the American Psychological Association.  He also served a five-year term as a member of chair of the Committee of Competent Authority in the Assessment of Special Education Children of the Louisiana Board of Education.

Kemp has received numerous honors and accolades during his outstanding career.  When asked about his most cherished honor, Kemp mentioned the Lifetime Professional Accomplishment Award he received from the Louisiana Psychological Association in 1996.  He is also very proud of being named Professor and Administrator of the University Emeritus by LSU-Shreveport during the 1997 commencement ceremony at which time he received a spontaneous standing ovation by the faculty, administration, and students.

Kemp and his wife Rita reside in Shreveport.  Kemp’s son Bradley, wife Rocio and son Allen live in Akron, Ohio where he serves as Senior Manager of International Trade-Customs Clearance with FedEx.  His older son Bradley Sterling Kemp, Jr. is presently serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq.  Their daughter Kelly and her husband Dr. Kevin Graves live in Dallas, Texas where he is a practicing Cardiologist and she is active in Junior League.