R. Crosby Kemper
|Rufus Crosby Kemper Sr.|
Valley Falls, Kansas
|Children||R. Crosby Kemper Jr.|
|Parent(s)||William T. Kemper|
Rufus Crosby Kemper Sr. (1892-1972) was a banker. He is known for expanding City Center Bank, acquired by his father, from a three-man operation with $600,000 in deposits into UMB Financial Corporation, with $300 million in deposits, during his tenure from 1919 to September 1967.
Kemper is a great-grand-uncle of actress Ellie Kemper (born 1980).
William first appointed Crosby's younger brother James M. Kemper president of the bank in 1919. However, James resigned a month later and went on to become president of rival Commerce Bancshares. Rufus became president of the bank, a position he held until 1959, when his son R. Crosby Kemper Jr. took over. William remained a director until September 1967.
Crosby also served as a regent at Rockhurst University, president of Interstate Securities, and director of Kansas City Title & Trust Company.