KEMPER HALL OF FAME

Dean Frederick J Marston 

Frederick J Marston, Ph.D, held degrees from several institutions, a Bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University which he received in 1918, a Master’s Degree in Oratory from the University of Chicago in 1920, and a Ph.D from the University of Missouri in 1942.

Dean Marston joined the staff of Kemper Military School in 1922 he was the assistant principal from 1923-1927. He was commissioned in the US Army and served with the Infantry during WWI. He was a past Director of the American Association of Colleges and President of the North Central Junior College Council. He was a 32nd degree Mason and Past Grand Commander of the Knights of Templar of Missouri.

Perhaps Marston’s greatest service to Kemper came by way of building the faculty to insure that only the brightest and most skilled youthful educators were recruited to the staff. His leadership within the office of the Dean insured that when Kemper nominated a student for a particular college it went unchallenged and the student was almost certainly granted admission.

Many cadets have remarked through the years that the school’s academic records were detailed and exact including comments from teachers and almost daily observations on performance and character.  It was Marston who established this record system and, in so doing, created an archive which today rests in the Western Historical Preserve at the University of Missouri. This archive holds nearly 25,000 individual cadet records and is so advanced that it has been studied and copied by other institutions.