Richard M. Kennedy

HAMDEN, Conn. — Richard M. Kennedy, 86, of 48 Renshaw Rd., Hamden, Conn., and formerly of Athol, Mass., Associate Professor Emeritus of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, died Nov. 21, 2017, after a brief illness.

He resided in New Britain for 22 years before moving to Hamden in 1990.

Mr. Kennedy, son of the late Milton and the late Emma (Nylander) Kennedy, was born May 19, 1931, in Athol. He was a high honors graduate of Athol High School, class of 1949, and received a Bachelor of Science Degree Magna Cum Laude in 1957 and a Master of Arts Degree in 1959, both in mathematics, from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

He taught for four years at UMass and served six years as an Assistant Professor of mathematics at American International College in Springfield. He joined the faculty at CCSU in 1968 and retired in June 1992 as an Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences. While at CCSU he served as chairman of the then Department of Mathematics and Statistics for four years during the early 1980s.

He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving there as a sergeant in the U.S. Army I Corps Artillery and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation.

Mr. Kennedy was a member of the Edward H. Phillips Post 102 American Legion, North Quabbin Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church and was a life member of the Athol Historical Society.

His professional memberships included Sigma Xi, the Mathematical Association of America and the American Association of University Professors.

He is survived by his brother, Russell E. Kennedy of Athol; sister, Barbara E. Woodcock and her husband Courtney of Greenfield, Mass.; and brother-in-law, John Wallace of Athol. He was predeceased by his sister, Dorothy F. Wallace of Athol.

Following cremation, a private burial service will be held in Silver Lake Cemetery, Athol, at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Athol High School Alumni Scholarship Association, 2363 Main St., Athol, MA 01331.

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Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange, is directing arrangements.

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