Following is an email exchange between Mr. Bill Jackson, an alumnus from our Soo Tech days, and Sharon Dorrity, Director of Donor Relations for the LSSU Foundation:
Mrs. Dorrity to Mr. Jackson:
Thank you for speaking to our student caller, Anna recently. During your conversation, you requested information on the Ernie Kemp fund. Below is information on the C. Ernest Kemp Scholarship:
The scholarship currently benefits six students in a given academic year and is now represented by the children and grandchildren of Professor Kemp.
I came across this poem written by Mr. Kemp and shared by his daughter, Anne. She noted that he wrote the poem under the stars during a Geology class field trip. I hope you enjoy reading it:
“All men should spend a portion of their lives out under the stars. There only can we become in tune with a glory greater than ours. Troubles wane and die and worries wither like autumn leaves. The soul is restored to equilibrium and peace, and man’s small striving die away to nothingness.”
Sharon Dorrity, Director
William (Bill) Jackson to Sharon Dorrity:
Thank You Sharon,
I will wipe the tears of emotion from my eyes and try to explain the beauty that your message has brought to my day. The teachers of Sault Tech were so much more than teachers and so outstanding in so many ways that the relationships extended far beyond the halls of learning. Frank Otis, Ray Chelberg, Steve Youngs, Fritz Moyer, the list should go on and on, each name with a warm and appreciative memory.
I am putting in the mail a contribution to the LSSU Foundation to be used in any way that benefits the most. It cannot begin to represent the value of my education or my memories. Your message goes in the file I call “inspiration” to be shared with the 2 ex Sault Tech guys I know of.
Soo Tech Class of 1949