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Dr William H Stemper
  • June 24, 1947
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  • November 02, 2008

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  Dr William H Stemper, Jr, PhD, 61, New Smyrna Beach FL died Sunday, November 2, 2008. Bill was born in Orlando, FL and was raised in Central Florida. Dr Stemper was a well accomplished scholar. He received his BA in History from Stetson University (DeLand, FL), Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary (New York City) and Doctorate of Philosophy from University of Oxford (England). He was a Fellow, The Royal Society of Arts, London with a Coat of Arms granted by the Royal College of Arms from the Crown of England. He was a teacher and lecturer at New York University Graduate School of Business, General Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University, Bryant College, Rhode Island, University of Oxford and Shrewsbury Schools, Shrewsbury, England.   Locally, De Stemper was a consultant to Volusia County Historic Archives and Sites. He served as CEO of The Corporate Forum of New York, Executive Secretary General of Grottoes of North America, Bishop’s Vicar for Corporate Affairs of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.   Dr Stemper published three books, Crafted Links (2001) Path to Babylon (2002), Minerva’s Children and the Triumph of the Jeffersonian God (2003) along with numerous papers and articles on fraternities, primarily Masonic, and their effect on American life and politics. Dr Stemper was General Grand Chaplin, General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons International, Honorary Imperial Chaplin, Shrine of North America (AAONMS).   Dr Stemper organized and instructed academic seminar for graduate and research students, “Personal and Public Issues in Corporate Ethics,” and the Graduate School of Business Administration, New York University, Union Theological Seminary, General Theological Seminary, and the doctoral program at New York University in Religious Education. He is survived by one sister Marti Springstead of Woodland Park, Colorado. A memorial service will be 2:00 PM Monday, December 8 at St Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church Saxon Drive New Smyrna Beach Florida. Committal services will be at Oaklawn Memorial Park Cemetery Sanford.

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  1. 07 Jan 2009
    Peter Sellars says:
    Very sorry to hear of Dr. Stemper's passing. I did not know him other than through our emails to each other. He did request a copy of my book of the IOOF History in San Francisco last year, which he also said he enjoyed very much. His praise meant a great deal to me.

  2. 08 Dec 2008
    Diane Groover says:
    You were an accomplished man. I know you are resting in peace. I had not seen you in many years, but remember you from Seminole and the Class of 65.
    Diane Powell Groover

  3. 12 Nov 2008
    Curtis W. Hart says:
    My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Bill Stemper whom I knew at Union Theological Seminary and the Church of the Epiphany here in New York. I had the distinct honor of being one of Bill's clergy presenters on the occasion of his ordination to the priesthood in December of 1976.

    I wil always remember with great fondness this gifted, creative, and charismatic man

  4. 11 Nov 2008
    Robert W. Sullivan IV says:
    It was with great sadness that I learned of your passing last week. I will never forget our conversations at the Oxford Union; you were as much a part of my education as anyone. I will also miss your many emails where you shared with me your vast knowledge. See you on the other side my friend.

  5. 10 Nov 2008
    Rayner Hesse says:
    I met Bill during my first days in New York City, and we spent a lot of time together while I was attending Union Seminary in the late 1970s/early 1980s. I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. My sympathies to his family and friends.

    (The Rev.) Dr. Rayner W. Hesse, Jr.
    Hartsdale, New York

  6. 10 Nov 2008
    Ronald R. Sommer says:
    Please accept my deepest sympathy and conmdolences on Bill's passing. He and I grew close working with the Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States. He was very active in the Order as well as in other veteran and patriotic organizations. He was patriot, a loyal American, and a friend. He will be missed but not forgotten. Ron Sommer

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