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Leonard Charles Kampf ’51

A picture of Len Kampf  and his great-granddaughter Lily

Len Kampf ’51 with his great-granddaughter Lily

Leonard Charles Kampf ’51, April 17, 2013, in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Len joined the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and flew planes over Europe. After the war, he earned a BA from Reed in economics, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He spent a year at Johns Hopkins in the School of Advanced International Studies and nine years with the CIA, two of them in the United Kingdom. He joined defense contractor RCA Corp. and retired after 24 years as manager of marketing information and communications for the government systems division. Len maintained his service as an officer in the air force reserves, retiring as a colonel. He was married to Stuart Elizabeth Hoffman ’52. They raised two sons and a daughter and enjoyed annual vacations in West Palm Beach, Florida. In retirement, Len gardened, played golf, and traveled throughout the U.S. with his daughter. He took pleasure in returning to the Reed campus, reconnecting with classmates, and attending Reunions. Len said that he took pride in being able to complete his undergraduate studies at Reed and associating with a “superior” faculty and student group. Survivors include his wife and children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Update: Following Len's death, his daughter, Linda, sought a way to honor his memory. One year later, she achieved her goal when she learned that his status as a veteran had earned him a place at Arlington National Cemetery and arranged for his final burial.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2013

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