Name:   Walter Franklin Kemp

From:  The Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Date:  Saturday, August 23, 1952

Diving Injuries Prove Fatal to Dalton Youth

A diving accident at Laurel Lake on July 21 proved fatal today to Walter Franklin Kemp, 18, of Dalton who died this morning at 11:07 at Pittsfield General Hospital where he had been in critical condition since he was admitted.

The son of Mr. & Mrs. Walter Kemp of Fox Road, Dalton, he suffered a fractured neck, fractured skull, and spinal injury when he struck his head on a rock while diving at Laurel Lake in Lee.  He was diving at the time from the mass of boulders near Holiday Inn at the edge of Route 20.

Young Kemp had completed his freshman year at the University of Massachusetts where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

A graduate of Dalton High School in 1951, he was president of his class during his senior year.  An outstanding athlete at Dalton High, he was a pitcher with the 1951 DHS championship baseball team.  He was a member of the First Congregational Church, a former Boy Scout, and a member of the Dalton Rod & Gun Club.

Besides his parents, he leaves three sisters, Mrs. Lester Haon and Mrs. Harold W. Dakin of Dalton, and Mrs. Herbert Koscher of Washington D.C.

The body was removed to the Foley Funeral Home in Dalton.  Services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 3 at the First Congregational Church with the pastor, Rev. Charles C. Christianson, officiating.