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For Dr. Robert Kennedy, one of the greatest pleasures that came from working in a university atmosphere was the opportunity for collaboration with students and colleagues. The professor emeritus of mathematics devoted 33 years to Central before his recent retirement.
An alumnus, Dr. Kennedy earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Central, and completed his doctorate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. All three degrees were in the area of mathematics.
He joined the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science as an instructor in 1967, but through hard work and an outstanding record of teaching, he rose through the academic ranks and became a full professor in 1983.
During his tenure, he was involved in the development of the new General Studies mathematics course, Contemporary Mathematics. Throughout the years, he participated in the revision of the Modern Algebra Sequence at least three times, directed or co-directed at least 40 master’s degrees thesis and special topics courses, and was published numerous times in refereed professional journals. His primary areas of scholarship were number theory and modern algebra.
Dr. Kennedy also served as a department mentor and served on many department committees that oversaw the selection of textbooks and the writing of syllabi.