Jo Ann & Herb* (Johnson) Klemmer

Jo Ann & Herb* (Johnson) Klemmer

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Jo Ann & Herb* (Johnson) Klemmer

Jo Ann (Johnson) Klemmer, ba '53, was born December 12, 1926 in Eugene, Ore. and grew up in Republic County, Kan. She attended Washburn, majoring in English, and in 1953 received a B.A. After graduation she took a job as secretary for Menninger School of Psychiatry. In time, she went to graduate school and, in 1963, received an M.A. in English from the University of Kansas. For two years she taught at Topeka West High School, and from 1968-72 was part-time English Instructor at Washburn. In 1972, she founded Inscape (now published by Washburn) and was editor and publisher until 1976. From 1975 to 1996 she was executive secretary for the Kansas Psychiatric Society. In 1963 Jo Ann and Herb Klemmer, M.D. were married. Besides practicing psychiatry, Herb was director of the Menninger School of Psychiatry and a director of the Sloan Visiting Professorship Committee which brought outstanding speakers to Menninger. In addition, he was active in the American Psychiatric Association and, among the many positions he held, was Chairman of the Ethics Committee and was a Trustee of the A.P.A. He also was active in state and regional professional societies. In 1991, he retired. After Herb's death in 2000, Jo Ann established the Herbert and Jo Ann Klemmer Fund which now supports scholarships for students majoring in English and chemistry to enhance what Washburn offers to its students. Jo Ann enjoys golf, bridge, writing, and Scrabble.