Professor Edward Kennedy of the physics department
has retired after a distinguished 38-year career at Holy
Cross. He received his bachelor of science degree in physics
from Loyola University in Chicago and his doctorate in nuclear
physics from Notre Dame University in Indiana, before coming
to Holy Cross in 1960.
Kennedy was active in experimental research in the fields
of nuclear physics and surface physics. During his career
at Holy Cross, he was also a visiting
scientist at the Air Force Cambridge Research Labs, the Argonne National Laboratory,
the University of Cambridge in England, the California Institute of Technology,
the Fraunhofer-Institut in Germany, Cornell University, the University of California
at San Diego, and the University of Aarhus in Denmark. He published 35 articles
on his research and gave numerous scientific talks. His work was supported
by grants from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Research
Corporation, and the
U.S. Air Force. He was also responsible for a Cottrell College Science Award
to the College.
Kennedy was a popular and respected teacher. In addition
to teaching both lecture and laboratory courses, he supervised
numerous undergraduate and independent
study projects. He served for 13 years as chair of the physics department.
He also served on many College committees, including the Committee on Tenure
Promotion, the Ad Hoc Committee on Student Life, the Professional Standards
Committee, and a reevaluation self-study group.
Kennedy and his wife, Marcia, have six children: Kathryn
M. Kennedy-Brown ’79,
Edward F. Kennedy III ’80, Maribeth K. Salois ’82, Christopher C.
Kennedy ’85, Marcia D. Toalson ’87, and John Kennedy.