Monday, April 12, 2010

Kemp Harshman, Soldier of Justice, 11/20/1948-04/11/2010, R.I.P.

Yesterday CESJ and the Just Third Way movement learned of the death of our friend and fellow Second American revolutionary Kemp Harshman, Esq. Kemp died of cancer at his mother's home in Indianapolis, Indiana at 7:30 am EST.

We first met with Kemp on April 28, 1992. He quickly became one of our most valuable CESJ members, serving on the executive committee of CESJ's board of directors, and as pro bono CESJ General Counsel.

Mr. Harshman, a lawyer and entrepreneur, was a CESJ volunteer and member of the executive committee. He was President of the Clarendon Foundation, a non-profit educational organization based in Arlington, Virginia. Its current projects include assisting schools and colleges in obtaining instructional television broadcast licenses, broadcasting educational programming on wireless cable systems, organizing a communications cooperative for educational institutions and nonprofit organizations, creating closed captioned databases on the Internet of Congressional floor debates and hearings for the public, producing an educational television program for the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, and rewiring low and moderate income housing for the information highway. Mr. Harshman, who conceived the "History Channel" later sold to Arts and Entertainment (A&E) TV, was Project Manager of CESJ's "Wireless Cable TV" project which provides justice-based educational television programming and advanced telecommunications technology to schools and other consumers in remote areas.

Kemp worked in the capacities of executive officer, legal counsel and analyst for organizations including the President's Council on Environmental Quality, the Reagan-Bush Committee National Headquarters, the Lugar for Senate Committee, the American Management Association, and management consulting firms involved with technology transfer and technical-legal aspects of new product development. Mr. Harshman was a member of the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. He served from 1986-92 as legal counsel for the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution. Mr. Harshman received his law degree (J.D.) from the University of Michigan Law School and his Masters of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan. He was a recipient of CESJ's Soldier of Justice Award.

Kemp's many contributions to the mission of CESJ and his always positive advice are permanently etched into the history of CESJ and in all our hearts. There will never be another Kemp. We lost a brother.



nail-in-the-wall said...

My Condolences to CESJ, the Just Third Way.. and especially to the Harschman family and friends.

Guy Stevenson

Suzy said...

Thank-you for writing such lovely words about my brother. He was such a kind, selfless man. His youngest sister, Suzy

Moomba said...

I knew Kemp back in the 70's when he worked for a young adult program called Operation Enterprise in Hamilton, NY. He was a kind and cheerful man. Condolences to his family and many friends.

Michael D. Greaney said...

Send your contact information to (and why), and we'll try and forward both your comments and other information to the Clarendon Foundation and Kemp's family. I know they'll appreciate it.

Dan Parker said...

The old saying 'sometimes you don't know what you've got til it's gone' is what came to mind on hearing of Kemp's passing.

Thanks for putting up these words that reflect a small part of the justice, consideration and achievement that were the hallmarks of Kemp's life.

Linda Graham said...

I knew Kemp "before he was famous", as they say. I knew he would make a difference in the world, because he wanted so much to do so. Beneta, I don't think you'll remember me, but I remember meeting you 30-some years ago. I am sure that Kemp got from you some of his great compassion for others. I am sorry for your loss, but I'm glad Kemp came home in the end. May he rest in peace.

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