Franz “Frank” Johann Lemp, 69, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, surrounded by loved ones, listening to jazz. He was born June 12, 1948, in Neunzen, Niederoesterreich, Austria, to Hermine (Lemp) Molnar and Franz Hohenegger and attended primary and secondary Catholic school in Kloesterneuburg, Austria, near Vienna. Frank moved with his mother and stepfather, Louis Molnar, to Glen Cove, New York, in 1962 and graduated from Glen Cove High School in 1967. He attended Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas, from 1967 to 1972 where he graduated with a double major in physical education and secondary art education. While working on his bachelor’s degree, Frank played on the Ottawa University soccer team. He served as team captain for two years and earned First Team All-Conference honors in 1967; First Team NAIA All-American in 1969; and First Team All-Area II in 1970 and in 1971. He helped to lead the team to three conference championships and three NAIA National Tournament appearances.
On Dec. 20, 1971, Frank married Miriam Sue (Fredrikson) Lemp in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After graduating from Ottawa University, Frank received his 7-12 teaching certification in art education and physical education. He and Miriam lived and worked in Glen Cove, New York, until moving to Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1973 to begin their teaching careers. Frank was an instructor of visual arts for East Junior High School moving to Leavenworth High School where he taught and coached wrestling, track, gymnastics and volleyball until 1980.
In 1980, Frank earned his master’s degree in Visual Arts Education at the University of Kansas and returned to Ottawa University to accept a position as associate professor of Visual Arts. In addition, Frank coached the men’s soccer team from 1980 to 1983. In 1987, Frank was awarded the Masters of Humane Letters from Ottawa University and he continued graduate work in art education at the University of Kansas until 1990, and at Johann W. von Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, until 1994.
Frank was a member of the Kansas Art Education Association and the National Art Education Association. He also served as Chair of the Licensure Committee for the Kansas State Department of Education in Topeka, Kansas. In addition, Frank participated in numerous state, national and international conferences and workshops as a presenter and facilitator. In 2006, he was inducted into the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame.
An avid reader, Frank enjoyed Laphams Quarterly, Contemporary Art Criticism, The New York Times, The New Yorker and he aligned often with the positions of the late art critic Robert Hughes, the tomes of Robert Musil and the philosophy of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (and this is only the tip of the iceberg). His interests in film ranged from Ingmar Bergman to Jim Jarmusch to Akira Kurosawa; his preferences in music included Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, performances by Enrico Caruso, Fritz Kreisler, Sonny Rollins, Lonnie Donegan, Harri Stojka, Cream and lest we forget, James Brown. His intellectual interests, framed by classical philosophical tenets, motivated passionate debate around art criticism, theology, national and international politics with family, friends and colleagues. Moreover, he found true joy in cultivating transformative growth in his students through advocacy for liberal arts education.
Over the last 30 years, Frank traveled extensively in Europe to study global developments in the art world via the Venice Biennale, the documenta in Kassel, Germany, and other major European exhibits. He also enjoyed being outdoors and those who knew him well were beneficiaries of his skill, stamina and tenacity in landscape design. Beginning in 2008, Frank spent several weeks each year managing the estate of his late father in Vienna.
Frank is survived by his mother, Hermine, his wife, Miriam, his daughters, Elizabeth Lemp (Baldwin City, Kansas) and Sarah Lemp (Brooklyn, New York). He was preceded in death by his sister, Elisabeth Lechner (St. Michael, Salzburg, Austria), his father, Franz Hohenegger (Vienna, Austria) and his stepfather, Louis Molnar (Ottawa, Kansas).
Visitation for Frank will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, followed by an 11 a.m. memorial service with the Rev. Joel R. Fredrikson presiding. Both events will take place in the Fredrikson Chapel on the Ottawa University campus. Memorial contributions can be made to the Ottawa University scholarship fund for students majoring in the visual arts, visual arts education or to the Lemp Art Gallery. Contributions will be received by Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home and Ottawa University. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lamb-roberts.com