David A. Kennedy Jr. is dead at 84 was Loyola High registrar, teacher


A Mass of Christian burial for David A. Kennedy Jr., retired registrar and teacher for 40 years at Loyola High School, will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 65 Sacred Heart Lane, Glyndon.

Mr. Kennedy, who was 84 and lived on Leyton Road in Reisterstown, died Monday of heart failure at St. Joseph Hospital.

He retired in 1977 and had been registrar since 1942. Though he was primarily a history teacher, he also taught French, Latin and science.

Whatever he taught, he required a recitation of "Gunga Din" the week before Christmas vacation, one verse if a student volunteered the first day but five verses at the end of the week.

In the late 1930s and early 1940s he coached the junior varsity basketball team and the lightweight football team.

Among the Jesuits who operate the school, he became known for his cheerful greeting of "Father Dear" or "Brother Dear," which many adopted.

The school's field house was named for him in 1967, and he received the school's Blake Medal and Loyola College's Maryland Medal.

At his retirement, he was awarded a plaque on which the high school's board of directors cited his services and "pledged a place forever" in the memory of the school for a "warm, gracious and Christian person."

For a year after leaving Loyola, he taught at Villa Julie College.

His first teaching assignment in Baltimore was at St. Martin's School in the 1920s when he was a Marianist Brother. He later left the order.

A native of Philadelphia and a graduate of West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys, he graduated from the University of Dayton and taught in schools it staffed in Dayton and Cleveland, Ohio; Sioux City, Iowa; and Philadelphia.

He is survived by his wife, the former Doris Broderick; two daughters, Mary Kennedy Behning of Catonsville and Theresa Kennedy Ward of Baltimore; three sons, Dave Kennedy of Reisterstown, Gerry Kennedy of Rome and George Kennedy of Catonsville; two sisters, Margaret Phelan of Philadelphia and Agnes Yarrow of Brigantine, N.J.; and eight grandchildren.

The family suggested contributions to the Loyola High School Scholarship Fund.

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