Kemmer Anderson Obituary, Cause Of Death – Kemmer Anderson, who was considered to be McCallie’s unofficial poet laureate, passed away suddenly on March 3, 2023. During the 42 years that he worked as a faculty member at McCallie, he served as a mentor and guide to tens of thousands of young men who attended the school.
His students referred to him affectionately as “Yogi,” and despite the fact that he retired in 2019, he continued to be actively involved in the life of the school. His students called him “Yogi.” He was a regular presence at campus events and made frequent visits to both current and former members of the faculty.
He had been attending the funeral service of a former student whose name was Brice Burbank and who had graduated in the year 1987 when he lost consciousness. At the Erlanger Hospital not much longer after that, he breathed his last breath.
“Kemmer was one of those legendary faculty members who touched the hearts and minds of thousands of McCallie students over the course of his long career at McCallie,” said Lee Burns ’87, the former head of McCallie School. “Kemmer was one of those legendary faculty members who touched the hearts and minds of thousands of McCallie students.” The things that set Kemmer apart from the rest of us were his love for his wife Martha.
For his God, for poetry and literature (especially Milton), for his academic curiosity, and most importantly, his love for his students and his fellow faculty members. His love for all of these things was what made him special to all of us. It was especially noteworthy how much he cared about both his students and his fellow faculty members.
His booming voice, his bright eyes filled with passion and wonder, and his classroom wanderings, which somehow, amazingly, his students were able to follow and appreciate more than adults, are things that we will never forget. His students were able to follow and appreciate his wanderings in the classroom more than adults.
Martha, Kemmer’s wife, was a member of the school’s counseling staff for a number of years and was also the editor of several collections of her husband’s poetry. Martha worked as a counselor on the faculty of the school. The two traveled to many different locations all over the world, and they frequently traveled with other members of the McCallie faculty.