Richard “Doc” Kennedy
April 18, 1943 – October 29, 2013
Richard H. Kennedy, age 70, of Branford, CT and formerly of Riverside, RI, died gently at home on October 29, 2013. He was born in Manchester, CT, son of the late Stewart R. Kennedy and Evelyn Tedford Kennedy.
He was a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and served as a hospital administrator for San Francisco General Hospital and Vice President of Operations at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, where he helped plan and execute the relocation of the hospital to its current location.
He graduated from Middlebury College and earned advanced degrees from Stanford and Bryant Universities. A 33-year veteran, he was a Colonel in the United States Army Reserve and commanded the 455th General Hospital in Providence, RI and the 803rd Medical Group in Boston, which served in the Persian Gulf during Desert Storm (1990-91). He commanded a 2,000 bed medical complex, which treated 29,000 casualties. His unit was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation and he was awarded the Bronze Star. He completed his military service as Assistant Chief, Medical Service Corps in the Office of the Army Surgeon General and was awarded the Legion of Military Merit.
He was a lifelong teacher, beginning as an English teacher at Sharon High School (MA). After retiring he was a volunteer gardener at the Alcatraz historical site, taught writing at Quinnipiac University, and in the last months of his life taught his health care team and family about the dignity of life and death.
His passion and avocation for 18th century medicine led to his appointment as surgeon re-enactor for the Pawtuxet Rangers of Rhode Island. He lectured extensively on 18th century medicine, including at the Old Operating Theater in London and the Royal College of Surgeons. He also served with the 6th Connecticut Regiment of the Continental Line and the Stony Creek Fife & Drum Corps. His book, Leeches & Liberty, is a historical fiction of the life of a surgeon during the War of American Independence.
He is deeply missed by his wife, Holly Powell Kennedy, two sons, Shaun and wife Elizabeth Kennedy of Franklin, MA and Brian Kennedy of New York City, two grandchildren, Michael Richard and Bridget Mary Kennedy, sister, Barbara Dudek and husband Roger of Ellington, CT, beloved cat Abby, and a wide community of friends and colleagues.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church on the Branford Green on November 2, 2013 at 3pm.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Stony Creek Fife & Drum Corps, Branford, CT (www.stonycreekdrumcorps.org), the Pawtuxet Rangers of RI (www.pawtuxetrangers.com), Trinity Episcopal Church (www.trinitybranford.org), or the American College of Nurse-Midwives Foundation (www.acnm.org).
December. 31, 1948 – June 9, 2013
Billie M. Powe, age 64, of Shelton entered into rest on Sunday June 9, 2013 in St. Vincent Hospital. She was born in Milford on Dec. 31, 1948 daughter of the late Michael and Mary Simko.
Billie was a member of the 35th Regiment Foote based out of Lake George, NY a group that did historical reenactments of the 1700′s . She was especially known for being an excellent seamstress,and designer of many of the ladies costumes. She spent a great deal of time researching period costumes and replicating them for the member of her group.
A loving Mother, Grandmother and Sister, Billie is survived by her beloved three children Jonathan Powe, Sadie Powe, and Charlotte Marxo and four beloved grandchildren, Gavin Powe, Zachary Powe, and Dashiell Marxo and loving three sisters Barbara Davis, Linda Simko and Carol Myers. She also leaves her dear friend Ted St. Amamd.
Her funeral service will be private. The Riverview Funeral Home 390 River Rd. Shelton are entrusted with the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Swim Across the Sound, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06606 Please leave online condolences to her family at www.riverviewfh.com
The 2014 Campaign Season will be dedicated to Richard “Doc” Kennedy and Billie Powe. All members of the 6th Connecticut Regiment will be wearing black arm bands during the campaign to honor Doc and Billie.
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