Janet M. Johnson
It is hard to think of just one memory of Fr. Kamp. Most of my memories relate to how he made people feel - he always made everyone around him comfortable and feel as though they were special to him. I think that is because he genuinely loved people of all kinds and all types (as well as all temperaments). He would often take me aside and ask how he could best get something accomplished, ask me to make a suggestion on his behalf or ask me to be his eyes and ears at a meeting and report to him my impressions. It was his way of getting multiple or independent views on the subject so that he was better prepared to make a decision. Although I am a life-long Lutheran and not a Catholic, to me he personified and modeled for others what a terrific priest and pastor should be.
I first met Father Kamp at a memorable luncheon in mid-June, 1984. That meeting sparked a long relationship of numerous, difficult - and frequently rewarding - meetings and communications with Fr. Kamp and many others. Throughout the 25-plus years, Fr. Kamp was a good friend and a good role model.
Fr. Kamp was a remarkable individual, with wonderful people skills and an exceptional talent for moving projects along, even under often discouraging circumstances, as he remained outgoing, cheerful, energetic and easy to work with. Fr. Kamp was one of the most goal-oriented individuals I have ever met. I believe that Fr. Kamp really enjoyed the last few years of his life, during which he had the satisfaction of remaining active and witnessing his vision for the development of the Techny land, and wise application of its proceeds to the important goals of the Society actually realized while he was actively involved.
The bricks and mortar buildings and improvements that now form the gateway to the Society's own impressive structures - and indeed to the Village of Northbrook - will remain as a lasting monument to Fr. Kamp's remarkable achievements.
Jonathan B. Alper
As I sit to attempt to share some memories of Father Kamp, it feels like it is impossible to even comment on the relationship between the Alper family and Fr. Frank Kamp in less than half a dozen volumes. My father, Zalman Alper, worked hand in hand with Fr. Kamp over 30 plus years planning and guiding the development of the Techny land. Together with Bud Philipp, they assembled a team of consultants who devised the Master Plan, but that story is well known. Fr. Kamp was the only one to speak at Zalman's funeral. Somehow he seemed at home speaking at a Jewish funeral. Fr. Kamp was a colleague and friend, and he will be missed by me and my whole family.
Thank you Fr. Kamp for giving me the opportunity and privilege to learn a business you and I love because of its challenges and its rewards. You gave me the freedom to learn and grow, the greatest gift anyone can be given. You somehow knew and trusted I wouldn't lead you astray or disappoint you. I hope you saw everything you hoped for in me and my role at Techny. I will miss you deeply but promise I will continue what was started, remembering you and thanking you with each reward, each success and through each challenge.
Rev. Francis J. Kamp, SVD
Visionary Behind Techny Land Development
Our Memories as shared
in the Celebration of his Life
on October 27, 2011
The Society of the Divine Word, often known as its Latin acronym, SVD, is an order of Roman Catholic priests and brothers founded in the 19th Century in Europe to do missionary work throughout the world. The Society established a provincial headquarters outside of Chicago in what is now Northbrook, where they built a seminary and established a farm on more than 400 acres of land. They also built a "technical" or vocational school for local student, from which the name "Techny" was born.
As Northbrook and other nearby communities grew during the 20th Century, the Society determined that it needed to transition from its farming roots. The Society saw the opportunity for its property to provide vital support for its work around the globe while continuing to be caring stewards of the land entrusted to them.
In 1988, the Society established a plan for the long-term development of its property in cooperation with the Village of Northbrook, which agreed to annex the land into its borders. Techny Land Corporation (TLC) was established to manage the developed land.
Since then, the Village and TLC have collaborated on over a dozen projects that have resulted in diverse and sustainable development that features compatible uses, preservation of open and green space, abundant landscaping, careful traffic management, extensive storm water management and positive economic impact.
TLC seeks to manage development of its property as an enduring asset that will support the Society's work in over 70 countries, bringing health care, education, infrastructure and spiritual support to millions, while helping improve the quality of life in its home community.