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  • 1970-2003
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  • Springfield College
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  • A Portrait photograph of John W. Kessler. Born in 1919, John Kessler earned degrees from Southeast Missouri State and George Williams College. He joined the YMCA Movement in 1946, serving as director of the Kansas City (Mo.) YMCA’s Lighton Club. He subsequently served at YMCAs in Boston and Fitchburg (Mass.) and on the New England region staff, before moving to the Oak Park (Ill.) YMCA. While serving as president of the Minneapolis (Minn.) YMC... more
    A Portrait photograph of John W. Kessler. Born in 1919, John Kessler earned degrees from Southeast Missouri State and George Williams College. He joined the YMCA Movement in 1946, serving as director of the Kansas City (Mo.) YMCA’s Lighton Club. He subsequently served at YMCAs in Boston and Fitchburg (Mass.) and on the New England region staff, before moving to the Oak Park (Ill.) YMCA. While serving as president of the Minneapolis (Minn.) YMCA, Kessler assembled a Board of Directors consisting of community members who were capable of attracting major gifts, an innovation in development strategy. By the time he left in 1983, after 16 years in leadership, the Y had raised a total of $42 million and constructed six new buildings. In 1984, he accepted the difficult task of providing leadership to George Williams College at a time when its closure was imminent. He oversaw the college’s transition to become part of Aurora University. He served four terms as chairman of the Urban Group and was involved in several national and international committees. Kessler received an honorary doctorate from Springfield College in 1985. Physical Print in collection was created from master jpg image. No original physical print exists in the collection. less
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