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Theodore R. Kennedy

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

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A Clay County native and graduate of Brazil High School has died in the East Lansing area of Michigan.

Theodore R. Kennedy was born in Center Point May 16, 1919.

He died in Michigan Dec. 26, 2011, at age 92.

Kennedy was the third of three sons of Herman Carrithers and Evelyn Jenkins Kennedy and the great-grandson of Martin Kennedy, the founder of Center Point.

He attended public schools at Center Point and at Putnamville and graduated from Brazil High School in the class of 1937.

Kennedy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Brazil.

He attended Wabash College, receiving his A.B. degree in 1941. Subsequently, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin, with additional graduate study at Louisiana State University and the University of Iowa.

His degrees were in the fields of English, speech and American history.

In 1945, Kennedy joined the faculty of Michigan State University and taught there in the College of General Education the next 40 years. He retired in 1984 with the title of Professor Emeritus.

He contributed to three books and wrote numerous professional articles.

Kennedy took a leave of absence from the university in 1957 to work in Washington as administrative assistant for newly elected congressman and worked intermittently for that congressman for the next 18 years.

For several years, he served as a faculty member and lecturer at conferences for beginning college teachers.

Kennedy was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity at both Wabash and Wisconsin and served as chapter advisor of the chapter at Michigan State for a period of 10 years.

Kennedy is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jean Granville Kennedy, originally of Saginaw, Mich., daughters Mrs. Gail Iverstine, Niceville, Fla., and Ms. Ann Kennedy, Oxford, Mich., two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, older brother Lloyd W. Kennedy, Yellow Springs, Ohio, and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by his oldest brother Horace in 1923, and by his oldest daughter Kathleen in 1983.

There will be no services.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing.

Online condolences may be made at www.greastlansing.com.