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KENNEDY, Robert E.
Jun 5, 1939 Nov 30, 2012
Robert Kennedy, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away Friday November 30th. Born in Santa Monica, and raised in Anaheim, CA Bob graduated from Loyola of Los Angeles and married Mary Johnson in 1961. They moved to Notre Dame, where he received his Ph.D. in Physics in 1966. He spent the next 44 years at Creighton University in a variety of roles including Chairman of the Physics Department, Faculty President, award winning teacher, and mentor to several generations of faculty. He completed his career serving as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences for two years. Bob was a gentle man, always thinking of others. He had quick wit, and loved to keep people laughing and on their toes. Happy and productive until the end, in the past few years he published a book on Einstein, celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with Mary, and was able to spend considerable time with his five children, their spouses, and his seven grandchildren.

He is survived by wife, Mary E. Kennedy; sons and daughters-in-law: Robert E. Kennedy III, Christopher J. and Michelle Kennedy, Michael J. and Amy Kennedy; daughters and son-in-law, Erin M. and Peter Shearer, Shannon Kennedy; grandchildren: Jacob, Maddie, Ellie, Sophie, Serena, Christian, and Brynn; brother, John Kennedy (Max); nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, December 5, 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, 7805 West Center Road, with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. FUNERAL MASS Thursday, December 6 at 10am at St. John Catholic Church at Creighton University, 2500 California Plaza. Private Interment.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Creighton Physics Department or Boys Town.

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Sent By: Teresa OBrien
Mary and all the kids and grand kids, I have so many memories of Bob when I was a youngster. He loved to tease and was always making me laugh. He was such a fun uncle and I will never forget him. God Bless you all during this difficult time. Much love, Teresa Nado Obrien and family

Sent By: Laura Elliott
Dr. Kennedy was one of the nicest professors I got to know during my years at Creighton. He always made Physics fun and his sense of humor was priceless. I will miss our physics talks. He was a beautiful Soul whose light will always shine in this world through his memories. My deepest sympathy to his loving family on their loss.

Sent By: Lesley Krueger
I always looked forward to Bob's visits to Notre Dame. He immediately made you feel as though you had been friends for years and he really was a true gentle man. He will be missed by many. May your memories of him bring comfort to your entire family.

Sent By: Mark Mildebrath
What a great professor! He has influenced many many students over his years at Creighton (including me). We were blessed to have him as an teacher - willing to share his love of physics. My condolences to his wife and family.

Sent By: Littleton Alston
What a great faculty leader and gental man. I will miss his presence on campus.

Sent By: Quinn Jones
Dr. Kennedy was my professor at CU and on my advisory committee for graduate school. He was a wonderful physicist and always challenged me to be a better person and student. May you and your family find peace in this time of passing. God Bless Quinn Jones

Sent By: Dave, Laura, Diane, & Andy Sherwin
Mary and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We remember Bob always having a smile, a positive attitude, and a quick wit -- he was always generous with his time and fun to be around!

Sent By: Amy J. Arouni, MD, former student and CUSOM faculty
What an amazing teacher who truly impacted my life's work! Not only do I literally use my physics every single day, but Dr. Kennedy truly lived the mission of Creighton and set an example for us all by his life of service to the university and its students. I am sorry for your loss.

Sent By: Barb Stephens
As a student of Dr. Kennedy, I learned that Physics could be real and consumable. When he was dean, his request for meaningful course evaluation reports was enlightening and I was delighted to provide these for him. In recent months, he always had a smile and a sincere greeting when we passed. He will be remembered fondly by many at Creighton. Blessings to all of you.

Sent By: Jeffrey P Johnson
Robert III, so sorry for the loss of your dad. Wish I could be there, but traveling.

Sent By: Dick Hauser,S.J.
Bob was a true man for others and a living embodiment of Creighton's Catholic-Jesuit Mission. He remains for me not only a friend but an inspiration.

Sent By: Kerry Zuniga
My sincere condolences go out to everyone in the family. We are thinking of you all. Much love, Paul, Kerry & Sean Zuniga

Sent By: Susie Hall
Dear Kennedy Clan - I am fortunate to have many fond memories (and tons of pictures, thanks to Mom) of our Uncle Bobby growing up. He will be missed but lovingly thought of often. Love and hugs to you all, Susie

Sent By: John W. Carlson
As one who followed him to Notre Dame, and ultimately to Creighton, I offer my sincere condolences to Bob's family. The lovely tribute in the obituary was confirmed in my dealings with him.

Sent By: John Schalles
Bob led by example; a voice of reason and able to keep us focused on the larger picture. I fondly remember our encounters and adventures as fellow science chairs, as raconteurs comparing experiences in the underwater world, and as friendly but serious competitors on the Kiewit Center racquetball courts. I'll miss you Bob. With deep appreciation for his life and service to our university, and my condolences to the family he loved.

Sent By: Harry and Dessa Nickla
I will always remember your sense of humor, loyalty to Creighton, and consistent smile. Passing Bob in the halls always left me with a smile. We wish you and your family peace.

Sent By: Neil S Norton
My sincere condolences - a true gentleman.

Sent By: The Manausa Family
You will be missed Uncle Bobby. I appreciated how you and Mary always kept in touch with my family over the years. You were so kind and I am proud to call you my Uncle. Love, Chris

Sent By: Tina Bergland
To Chris and the family, Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I hope the memories last forever and puts a smile on your face to ease the pain.

Sent By: Robyn Eden
I wish peace for Bob and his family. His loyalty, diligent service, welcoming smile and his ability to bring a smile to others will be fondly remembered, and greatly missed. Creighton was lucky to have him.

Sent By: Sharon Ishii-Jordan
Bob was always such a leader in the College of Arts/Sciences, striving for justice in all he did.

Sent By: Greg Zacharias
May Bob rest in peace. I'm grateful for Bob's kindness and humanity.

Sent By: Chris Karasek
Mary, My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. Bob was an amazing person. I am thankful for having the chance to work with him for two years in the Dean's Office. Bob made a stressful job enjoyable with his humor and wit. I know Bob enjoyed Notre Dame football. Go Notred Dame! Win the championship for Bob.

Sent By: Mark
Connie and I extend our condolences to you on your loss. His memory lives with you.

Sent By: Rosalie
Mary and Family, We are saddened of the passing of Bob. Our hearts reach out to all of you. Bob was a wonderful man and will be so missed by everyone who's lives he touched so dearly. We will never forget his smile and genuine love. We will forever treasure his friendship. May wonderful memories of Bob help heal you during this difficult time. We love you, Prayers and Blessings to all of you, Rosalie, Don, and Kendra

Sent By: Mary Beth Gardner Skinner
So sorry for your loss.We will keep your family in our prayers. I have many fond memories of your family and ours at Thanksgiving & Campus Ministry events.

Sent By: Tami
I will miss you Uncle Bobby. Love, Tami

Sent By: Greg and Marcia Nado
Dear Mary and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We remember all the fun times when we had a chance to see you and Bob. We will be thinking of all of you on Thursday. What a pleasure he was to know. Love Greg, Marcia and Scott Nado

Sent By: Laurie O'Connor
We are thinking of you all and hoping that good memories are giving you comfort. We have lost a truly great man. Hugs, Laurie, Andrea and Allison

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