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April 5, 1994 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert L. Kemper, who helped to stabilize and redirect Downey Savings & Loan, abruptly moved his retirement up three months and has left his positions as director and chief executive, the thrift said Monday. Kemper was replaced by an interim team consisting of Donald E. Royer, the thrift's general counsel, and Thomas E. Prince, its chief financial officer. A search has been underway for a permanent replacement since November when Kemper announced that he would retire June 30.
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April 5, 1994 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert L. Kemper, who helped to stabilize and redirect Downey Savings & Loan, abruptly moved his retirement up three months and has left his positions as director and chief executive, the thrift said Monday. Kemper was replaced by an interim team consisting of Donald E. Royer, the thrift's general counsel, and Thomas E. Prince, its chief financial officer. A search has been underway for a permanent replacement since November when Kemper announced that he would retire June 30.
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BUSINESS
September 11, 1991 | JAMES S. GRANELLI
Downey Savings & Loan, continuing its restructuring, is expected to announce today that it has hired F. Anthony Kurtz as its chief operating officer. Kurtz is also expected to be named president soon, replacing co-founder Maurice L. McAlister, according to an industry source. McAlister said in an interview last Friday that he will retire in six to 12 months. Kurtz will assume his initial duties Sept. 23, the same day that veteran banker Robert L. Kemper takes over as Downey's chief executive.
BUSINESS
February 11, 1992 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some stock analysts have long considered Downey Savings &Loan a sleeper company--a profitable, well-run S&L that hasn't attracted much attention on Wall Street. Others thought the thrift was simply asleep. Now, Downey's new managers, Robert L. Kemper and F. Anthony Kurtz, are trying to rouse any slumbering parts of the Newport Beach thrift and give Wall Street a wake-up call. But before they get started, they have to get everyone at the institution used to a new way of doing things.
BUSINESS
June 30, 1990 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Great American Bank in San Diego on Friday named longtime banker Robert L. Kemper to replace the ailing thrift's top two officers. Kemper, 61, will succeed Gordon C. Luce as chairman and chief executive when he retires on July 2. The 65-year-old Luce, who was Great American's chief for 20 years, will remain as a trustee at the savings and loan. Kemper also will replace Roger K. Lindland, 58, as president. The change comes as Great American, which is still solvent, fights for its life.
BUSINESS
February 11, 1992 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some stock analysts have long considered Downey Savings &Loan a sleeper company--a profitable, well-run S&L that hasn't attracted much attention on Wall Street. Others thought the thrift was simply asleep. Now, Downey's new managers, Robert L. Kemper and F. Anthony Kurtz, are trying to rouse any slumbering parts of the Newport Beach thrift and give Wall Street a wake-up call. But before they get started, they have to get everyone at the institution used to a new way of doing things.
BUSINESS
July 5, 1990 | KRIS KRAUL, SAN DIEGO COUNTY BUSINESS EDITOR
Insisting that his plans are not merely to stay "a month or two" at his new job and then move on, Great American Bank's new chairman and chief executive Robert L. Kemper said that his goal is to "help (the S&L) survive" and to "run the institution long enough to retire." Kemper's comments were made during a brief interview Tuesday, his second day on the job after replacing Gordon Luce at Great American's helm.
BUSINESS
September 7, 1991 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Downey Savings & Loan co-founder Maurice L. McAlister said Friday that he will retire within a year as president of the thrift. He also said longtime banker Robert L. Kemper has been hired as Downey's chief executive and will help pull together the S&L's next generation of leaders. McAlister, 65, had said last spring that he planned to continue working for several more years. But he said Friday that he has decided to leave in six months to a year.
BUSINESS
October 19, 1990 | CHRIS KRAUL, SAN DIEGO COUNTY BUSINESS EDITOR
Robert Kemper, chairman of San Diego-based Great American Bank, collapsed onstage Thursday morning during a special shareholders meeting to approve the troubled savings and loan's sale of its California branches to Wells Fargo Bank for $492 million. Kemper was admitted to Sharp Memorial Hospital and was undergoing tests late Thursday afternoon. The hospital described Kemper's condition as good. Kemper, 61, was answering questions from shareholders at about 10:25 a.m.
BUSINESS
September 11, 1991 | JAMES S. GRANELLI
Downey Savings & Loan, continuing its restructuring, is expected to announce today that it has hired F. Anthony Kurtz as its chief operating officer. Kurtz is also expected to be named president soon, replacing co-founder Maurice L. McAlister, according to an industry source. McAlister said in an interview last Friday that he will retire in six to 12 months. Kurtz will assume his initial duties Sept. 23, the same day that veteran banker Robert L. Kemper takes over as Downey's chief executive.
BUSINESS
September 7, 1991 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Downey Savings & Loan co-founder Maurice L. McAlister said Friday that he will retire within a year as president of the thrift. He also said longtime banker Robert L. Kemper has been hired as Downey's chief executive and will help pull together the S&L's next generation of leaders. McAlister, 65, had said last spring that he planned to continue working for several more years. But he said Friday that he has decided to leave in six months to a year.
BUSINESS
October 19, 1990 | CHRIS KRAUL, SAN DIEGO COUNTY BUSINESS EDITOR
Robert Kemper, chairman of San Diego-based Great American Bank, collapsed onstage Thursday morning during a special shareholders meeting to approve the troubled savings and loan's sale of its California branches to Wells Fargo Bank for $492 million. Kemper was admitted to Sharp Memorial Hospital and was undergoing tests late Thursday afternoon. The hospital described Kemper's condition as good. Kemper, 61, was answering questions from shareholders at about 10:25 a.m.
BUSINESS
July 5, 1990 | KRIS KRAUL, SAN DIEGO COUNTY BUSINESS EDITOR
Insisting that his plans are not merely to stay "a month or two" at his new job and then move on, Great American Bank's new chairman and chief executive Robert L. Kemper said that his goal is to "help (the S&L) survive" and to "run the institution long enough to retire." Kemper's comments were made during a brief interview Tuesday, his second day on the job after replacing Gordon Luce at Great American's helm.
BUSINESS
June 30, 1990 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Great American Bank in San Diego on Friday named longtime banker Robert L. Kemper to replace the ailing thrift's top two officers. Kemper, 61, will succeed Gordon C. Luce as chairman and chief executive when he retires on July 2. The 65-year-old Luce, who was Great American's chief for 20 years, will remain as a trustee at the savings and loan. Kemper also will replace Roger K. Lindland, 58, as president. The change comes as Great American, which is still solvent, fights for its life.
BUSINESS
September 7, 1991 | CHRIS KRAUL and JAMES GRANELLI
Robert L. Kemper resigned Friday as chairman and chief executive of Great American Bank, the once-mighty San Diego based savings and loan that was seized by the Office of Thrift Supervision on Aug. 9. Kemper is leaving to become the chief executive of Downey Savings & Loan of Newport Beach. The resignation came as no surprise since Kemper's job is likely to disappear by early next year, when regulators expect to liquidate Great American's remaining assets.
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