Rob kennedy '71

emeritus class

Robert (Rob) Kennedy ’71 learned about Maryville College through a friend of his mother’s, Nancy Hunter, who was secretary to MC’s 6th President, Dr. Ralph W. Lloyd. Originally a member of the Class of 1967, Rob graduated with the Class of 1971 after a four year break to serve in the U.S. Naval Weather Service. He was stationed in Kenitra, Morocco, for a year and in London, England for two years. It was while in London that he got his first Scottie dog (now on #6). The time in London made him an incurable Anglophile and British car collector. For two years after graduation, Rob worked for MC Admissions and traveled for the College. In 1979, classmate and friend, Al Baker ’72, asked Rob if he would consider serving on the Blount County Alumni Board. Rob said, “yes” and has been on the board ever since! Since retiring from Safeco Insurance Co. in 2007 as a field adjuster for 27+ years, he has volunteered several days a week in the MC Archives. Several projects he has worked on there include a creating comprehensive list of campus structures, past and present; making a complete photo record of current campus buildings (from all angles) during the Bicentennial year; leading a KT Week crew to inventory all campus art work. Other interesting campus activities include handing out programs at Scots home football games with other KT volunteers and driving the College dump truck to spread much around the Clayton Center. For the past 20 years, another one of Rob’s College jobs has been driving the College’s First Family in the Homecoming parade in his ’77 MG. Rob and Karen married in 1977. Their one son, Geoffrey, graduated from MC in 2007 and his wife, Patricia Weaver Kennedy in 2008. The Kennedys currently live in Alcoa with their Scottie dog, Riley.