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Obituary: Mark Lemp, 85

The footwear veteran began his career in 1954.

Frank Marcus “Mark” Lemp died May 9. He was 85.

A longtime face in the shoe industry, Lemp started his career in 1954 at Brown Shoe Co. He rose from GM of Naturalizer Shoes to VP of Brown Shoe. He also served as EVP of the men’s, women’s and children’s wholesale division at Brown. In addition, Lemp previously worked at Interco in the Florsheim Shoe division.

In 1991, the executive purchased FML Footwear Inc., which later became Mosinger Co. LLC, and launched women’s shoe line Mark Lemp Footwear, which still operates out of St. Louis.

He also served as a board member for Two Ten Footwear Foundation from 1981 to 1992, and was president of the board from 1989 to 2010.

“Mark was an enthusiastic Two Ten board member, president and life member. He worked tirelessly for Two Ten as he did with all his pursuits: family, friends, business, the outdoors,” said Neal Newman, president of the nonprofit organization.

Lemp is survived by his wife, Judy Lemp; children Ann Robert Keefe and Rick, Mark and Bill Lemp; brother Karl Lemp; and several grandchildren and nieces.