Retired Navy Commander Gerard G. Kemp, 76, a former teacher and school administrator in Massachusetts and a resident of Bowie for the past nine years, died Sunday at the Doctors Hospital of Prince George's County. He had emphysema.
Mr. Kemp began teaching in Arlington, Mass., schools in 1936. He was commissioned into the Navy in 1941 and served as an expert in antisubmarine warfare during World War II. He also taught navigation and seamanship at the Navel Academy at Annapolis before retiring from active duty in 1949.
He then resumed his teaching career in Arlington, Mass., where he taught science and was a school administrator until his retirement in 1966. He also retired from the Naval reserves that year.
Mr. Kemp was born in Springfield, Mass., and graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. He earned master's degrees from Boston College and from The Johns Hopkins University.
He had lived in Stoneham, Mass., for many years before moving to Bowie in 1970. He attended St. Edward's Catholic Church in Bowie.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth of the home; a son, Gerard F., of Waco, Tex.; two daughters, Bettina O'Brien, of Philadelphia, and Rosemary Vincent, also of Bowie; a sister, Catherine McLaughlin, of Winthrop, Mass., and 10 grandchildren.