As founder, Dr. Charles Kemp has contributed greatly to The Children’s Clinic’s growth over the years, making it one of the largest and most successful pediatric clinics in the state. Through his dedication to the well-being of children, Dr. Kemp also helped develop the clinic’s Child Development Center for treating children with learning disabilities and psychological problems.
Dr. Kemp acquired his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Medicine, Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Kemp interned and served as a pediatric resident at the St. Louis City Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, wherein he was ultimately appointed Chief Resident of Pediatric Services.
Dr. Kemp is the first graduate of the University of Arkansas Medical School to serve on the Board of Trustees for the University of Arkansas and has been a member for ten years. He is also a distinguished 1995 alumni of the College of Medicine at UAMS.
As a member of the First United Methodist Church, Dr. Kemp has served as Chairman of the Administrative Board. He has also served on many other committees, in addition to teaching Sunday School.
Dr. Kemp’s accomplishments are many, some of which are:
- Organized and served as Chairman of the Oral Polio Sunday Campaign for Northeast Arkansas
- One of the founding members of the original Head Start Program for Northeast Arkansas
- One of the original participants in the Arkansas Crippled Children’s Program
- Worked and aided in acquiring the Children’s Colony Chapter for Jonesboro
- Founder and Co-Chairman of the Jonesboro High School Booster Club
- Organized a Good Samaritan Clinic for low-income patients for Jonesboro
- Founder and Co-Chairman of Friends of the Forum, a group who acquired and developed a civic center building for the Theater and Arts in Jonesboro
- Founding member of the Jonesboro Council on Human Relations, a group that works toward better relationships between the races