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KERPER, Angelo

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KERPER, Angelo. (Dubuque, IA--Dubuque, IA, July 3, 1981). Kerper attended COLUMBIA COLLEGE where he was considered the second best tennis player on the 1933 team. (1) His musical talents were displayed as part of a group of singers at college social events. (2)

Upon graduation, he became an executive with the DUBUQUE PACKING COMPANY. He was also a lifetime member of the Musicians Union and the leader of Ang Kerper and His Orchestra.

Kerper served on Governor Robert Ray's Council of Education. In 1971 the the committee issued a controversial report that concluded that no more state aid should go to Iowa's parochial schools. Kerper was the co-author of a minority committee report that claimed parts of the committee report were "inaccurate and erroneous statements, unsupported assumptions and economic judgments. (3) He concluded that Governor Ray's budget message made some provision for aid to students in non-public school and had a clearer idea of the total problem. (4) He was president of the Loras Alumni Association, DUBUQUE SHOOTING SOCIETY 660 CLUB, and the DUBUQUE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT board of education.



1. "300 Dubuque Net Players Start C.Y.O. Tourney," Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal, July 23, 1933, p. 14

2. "Columbia Students Are Entertained at Halloween Party," Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal, November 1, 1931, p. 23

3. Walters, Steve, "Report Critical of Parochial Aid is Hit," Telegraph-Herald, February 21, 1971, p. 17

4. Smith, Peter, "Dubuquer Dissents on Non-Public School Aid," Telegraph-Herald, February 12, 1971, p. 8