ALICE KEMPTHORNE PASSES AWAY (ISHOF, AAU AND USA SWIMMING VOLUNTEER WAS 89)


FORT LAUDERDALE – Alice Kempthorne, a long-time volunteer for over
forty years with the AAU, ISHOF and USA Swimming  at local, regional, national and
international levels has passed away in hospice care, with her son Jim at her
side, in Roswell, GA. She was 89 years old. 























            Alice started
volunteering with the AAU in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1963 and with the
formation of USA Swimming in 1977.  She attended
every United States Aquatic Sports Convention from its inception through 2003. 
Over the years she served as a National Championship official both on and off
the pool deck as Clerk of Course, Turn Judge, Ready Room Supervisor and
Administrator.  In 1993, United States Swimming presented her with the
Kenneth J. Pettigrew Award for her untiring service and dedicated volunteerism
as a meet official.

            She
also worked with coaches and athletes, serving as team manager of National,
International, World and Student Games Teams including trips to Germany,
Romania, Russia, Columbia, Argentina, Great Britain, Mexico and Japan. 
She served three times as the Olympic Festival head manager and in 1995 she was
the assistant team leader of the Pan American Swimming Team that competed in
Argentina.

            On
the local level, Alice was a major figure of the Florida Gold Coast Swimming,
LSC, for over 30 years.  She served as the Age Group Chairman,
Registration and Membership Chairman, Records Chairman and the Official
Verification Certification Chairman.  She served on the Finance, Planning
and Officials Club Committees, as treasurer of Florida Gold Coast Swimming and
was the Rule book editor.  For many years she was the first name that
comes to mind when information or help was needed from an athlete or coach
within the Florida.

            Alice
and her husband Dick were founding members and volunteers with ISHOF since its
inception in 1965. For over 33 years she has served the Dames, ISHOF’s
volunteer auxiliary women’s group, as either president, secretary, or
treasurer, and member. Among her many contributions were helping to
organize the first of the YMCA Nationals to be held at the Hall of Fame pool in
the early 1970s and serving as secretary on the ISHOF Executive Committee for
many years. She received the ISHOF Grand Dame award in 1998.

            “Alice
was a friend to athletes and coaches alike,” says Sherill Nelson. “She was a
very special person, always happy and positive and we are all going to miss
her.”

            “She
was an awesome volunteer for USA Swimming, says Guy Edson of ASCA. “She gave
her time and her life to our sport.”

            “Alice
Kempthorne believed greatly in the mission and value of the International
Swimming Hall of Fame and was instrumental in implementation of the
Swim-A-Thon, serving as SAT chair at its inception,” recalled Bob Duenkel,
ISHOF’s Curator Emeritus.  “Neither the
ISHOF nor Swim-A-Thon would have been successful without her.”

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6 years ago

RIP Auntie Alice. We will miss you dearly. You did so much for so many for so long. You are one of a kind with an infectious laugh that could make us all join you.

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6 years ago

Aunt Alice! You were loved and admired and were a great representative for AAU, USS, and USA Swimming! You made it through all of the transitions of our sport and were the jewel of them all! RIP. Chuck Knoles

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