Jack J. Kempner Interview


Jack J. Kempner


Annie Pontrelli



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Jack Kempner talks about coming to the University of Montana in 1956 as an assistant professor in the Accounting Department as well as the politics of being a faculty member at UM. He recalls the animosity that existed between UM President Carl McFarland and Dean Ted Smith. Kempner describes the growth of the university’s student and faculty population after World War Two and how that made it difficult to maintain close relationships with many of the faculty members. He recalls the barbecues that he and his wife would throw for his accounting students. Kempner also talks about Robert Pantzer’s presidency at UM, and the unrest among the student population during the Vietnam War-era. He voices his concerns about the teachers’ union and Faculty Senate and how those two organizations may have contributed to an adversarial relationship between the faculty and UM administration.


Oral History


Vietnam war; Student unrest; Robert Pantzer; Ted Smith; Department of Accounting; University of Montana faculty

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

University of Montana Centennial Oral History Project, OH 270, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 270-028, 029

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (2:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (23 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Local Filename

OH_270_028_029.mp3; OH_270_028_029.pdf

Jack J. Kempner Interview