Charles Kennedy, 95: Played key role in brain research

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TOPSHAM – Charles Kennedy, neuroscientist and child neurologist, died Oct. 6, after a brief illness at the age of 95.

Born in Buffalo, New York, he attended Nichols School and, later, Deerfield Academy. Kennedy prepared for a career in medicine at Princeton University, where he was a member of the choir, glee club and Nassoons, graduating with honors in chemistry in 1942. He received his Doctorate of Medicine degree at the University of Rochester (New York) while in the Navy V-12 program.

World War II ended during Kennedy’s internship at Yale New Haven Hospital, after which he was placed on active duty in the Navy and assigned to the Veterans Administration psychiatric hospital in Canandaigua, New York.

After two years of military service, Kennedy became a resident in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, and later was a fellow in neurology at the Neurological Institute in New York. He was then appointed chief of neurology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

During a sabbatical in 1967 at the Laboratory of Cerebral Metabolism at the National Institutes of Health, he pursued a research career simultaneously with an appointment as professor of child neurology at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

As author of many papers in both clinical and experimental neuroscience, he played an important role in the research for determining the locations in the brain of its various function activities.

He is survived by his wife, Eulsum Kennedy; a sister, Florence Davidsen of Iowa City, Iowa; and three children, Allen Kennedy of New York City, Jacqueline MacMillan of Somerville, Massachusetts, and Carol Radmer of Valley Park, Missouri.

A memorial service was held Oct. 11, at Brackett Funeral Home in Brunswick, with the Rev. Dale Morell officiating. Private interment will be in Blanchard Cemetery, Falmouth.