George Kennedy (80) completed his journey of life on Monday, October 5th, 2020 at Abbott NW Hospital in Minneapolis after a short/difficult bout with pancreatic cancer. George was born in Duluth, Minnesota; son of Dr. George L. and Margurite Kennedy. Raised in Faribault, Minnesota and attended the Mass. Inst. Of Technology. Graduate of Univ. of Minnesota in electrical engineering; a licensed, professional engineer in Minnesota.
George Kennedy, known as Gus, served for over 3 decades as an executive officer in the United States table tennis association. His roles and service were extensive; in Minnesota, nationally and internationally as a sports diplomat and representative of the United States. He was a member of the US Olympic House of Delegates, International Table Tennis Federation, the Swaythling Club, and was inducted into the US Table Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012.
Surviving are his wife, Carol Hill Kennedy who is Ojibwe, son Roger Kennedy, daughter-in-law Deanna, granddaughter Olivia, Urbandale, Iowa, and daughter Colleen Kennedy and son-in-law Pasquale of Lake Oswego, Oregon. He was proceeded in death by his first wife, Mary Jean Kennedy in 2001. Later he married Carol Hill and lived in Minneapolis. They enjoyed many experiences together; dancing with their regalia at powwows, walking around Lake Harriet and attending concerts and social events.
A graveside ceremony and internment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Minneapolis. Please direct any donations to the Minneapolis American Indian Center to expand the teaching of the Ojibwe language.