hile awaiting a heart transplant, Robert D. Van Kampen,
the founder of the Van Kampen mutual fund family, died Friday.
Van Kampen of Grand Haven was
60 when he died at Loyola University Medical Center in suburban Chicago.
He founded Van Kampen Merritt
which sold for $200 million in 1984. Van Kampen Investments Inc. is now a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and has about $190 billion in assets.
was also the owner of one of the world's largest private collections of biblical
manuscripts which included: papyrus and clay tablets, some of which date to 2000
B.C., a 4th-century Coptic Bible from Egypt, the book of Daniel from the 1455
Gutenberg Bible, Hebrew Torah scrolls and translations by 14th-century reformer
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