Alfred Kerth ’74

26 September 2002
Alfred Kerth

Class: 1974

Deceased: September 11, 2002

Alumni survivors: Dr. Patricia Kyle Dennis ’72 (Former Spouse)

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  • 2024-01-29 09:57:16
    James Maxeiner

    Al Kerth, Phil Brown and I were all classmates for six years at the same secondary school in St. Louis. It was a small school, so we shared many classes. For many of those years, Al and I carpooled to school. The three of us all went off to Carleton in fall 1970.

    Al returned to St. Louis after graduating from Carleton and was a civic leader. A year after his untimely death, the St. Louis Post Dispatch ran on its front pages three chapters of a biography of Al’s many contributions to the city. The articles are available at https://www.weisswrite.com/about/al-kerth-1 , https://www.weisswrite.com/about/al-kerth-2 , and https://www.weisswrite.com/about/al-kerth-3 Page 1 of Chapter 1 as I write this is posted to the site as an obituary.

    In school, I did not see signs of the mental issues that later led to his shotgun suicide. When I learned of his suicide, I thought how much better off we all would be with limits on accessibility of guns.

    Some years later Al’s son Danny took action on suicide prevention, which includes a documentary film. See https://www.stlmag.com/longform/project-wakeup-suicide-documentary-alex-lindley-danny-kerth/ and https://www.projectwakeup.org/

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