John E. Kennedy Jr., 79, engineer

John E. Kennedy
John E. Kennedy
Posted: October 15, 2013

John E. Kennedy Jr., 79, a Chestnut Hill resident for more than three decades, died of multiple myeloma Monday, Sept. 30, at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Born in State College, Pa., Mr. Kennedy graduated from State College High School and earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1956 from the University of Delaware.

He completed a master's degree in business administration in 1962 at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, and served as president of the Darden Alumni Board from 1986 to 1990.

From 1962 to 1973, Mr. Kennedy worked at E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. as a market development manager, helping to roll out products such as Tyvek, a synthetic material used in building construction.

Mr. Kennedy worked for Fry Consultants Inc., a division of the Day & Zimmermann engineering firm in Philadelphia. He managed the firm's local engineering projects. Clients included the trustees of Pennsylvania Railroad, Corning Glass, Firestone Tire & Rubber, and Bell Atlantic/Bell of Pa.

From 1995 to 2001, he worked closely with engineer Harry M. Perks as a senior project manager for Perks Reuter Associates. Together, the pair tackled building projects for the Philadelphia Zoo and the School District of Philadelphia. Mr. Perks died Sept. 29 at 85.

Mr. Kennedy was an old-school gentleman who knew how to network, stepson Russ Allen said.

"He was modest, but also very dignified, poised, and dapper. He was a guy people liked having around," his stepson said.

Mr. Kennedy was a longtime member of the Racquet Club of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Cricket Club. He lived in Chestnut Hill before moving to Florida more than a decade ago.

In addition to his stepson, he is survived by his wife of 40 years, Nancy K. Kennedy; daughters Suzanne Gallup and Jennifer Dell'Erba; another stepson, Greg Allen; a stepdaughter, Kimberly Allen; a brother; four grandchildren; and six step-grandchildren. He also is survived by his former wife, Jean Scovel Kennedy.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at Tenth Presbyterian Church, 1700 Spruce St., Philadelphia. A reception follows at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia, 215 S. 16th St. Burial is private.


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