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Avi Kempinski

Published on -5/21/2012, 9:42 AM

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Avi Kempinski, 53, Hays, died Sunday, May 13, 2012, at his home.

He was born Feb. 1, 1959, in Ulm, Germany.  He held a Ph.D. in German studies from the University of Michigan, a master's of library science degree from Rutgers University, a master's degree in comparative literature from Pennsylvania State University, and a bachelor's degree in philosophy with a German minor from Alfred University in New York.

He joined Fort Hays State University in August 2006. Among his many duties, he led the German program for six years, teaching classes from beginning level language classes to advanced literature and cultural classes.

His outstanding accomplishments were the development of an academic partnership with the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, which included both student and faculty exchanges.

With his constant devotion to his teaching and research, he broadened the minds of many students, expanding their view of the world and creating intercultural and international friendships that will keep his vision and memory alive.

Survivors include a brother; a sister; and five nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eva and David Kempinski.

Memorials are suggested to provide scholarships to students traveling to Germany for cultural and education exchange program. Donations can be sent to Avi Kempinski Memorial Scholarship Fund at Jewish Community Foundation, 4950 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92123.

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