Richard H. Kennington (1921–1999)


Richard Kennington, a retired professor of philosophy at the Catholic University of America, died September 10, 1999, in Annapolis, Maryland, after a long illness. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, he spent a good part of his childhood and youth in China (Chao Xien, Anhui Province) with his missionary parents. He graduated from the University of California in economics and served in the Navy in World War II. He studied at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research from 1946 to 1951, subsequently receiving his doctorate of philosophy there; he also studied at the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and at the Sorbonne. Kennington's teaching career began in 1955 at Baldwin Wallace College followed by appointments to Pennsylvania State University in 1960 and Catholic University in 1975. Over the years he was also visiting professor at the New School, St. John's College, Georgetown, Cornell, and Boston College. Kennington is survived by his wife, Pamela Kraus of Annapolis, Maryland; by a daughter, Elinor Michael of Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and by two brothers and three sisters.
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