College Remembers Familiar, Friendly Groundskeeper

April 23, 2014

Last May when Timothy Ray “Burt” Kennedy was recognized for 35 years of service at Mary Baldwin University, colleagues gathered inside Hunt Dining Hall gave a standing ovation in honor of the quiet, friendly man who was often seen working to keep the campus beautiful.

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President Fox congratulates Kennedy for 35 years of service in May 2013.

Known as the gentle giant on the Mary Baldwin grounds crew, Kennedy, 58, passed away April 14.

By many accounts, Kennedy added a kind presence around campus and loved talking about his truck. Dozens of friends from all segments of the Mary Baldwin family remembered him on the college’s Facebook page.

“Burt will be missed. [He was] a fine example of a loyal person with integrity,” said Nick Hall, an Mary Baldwin security officer. “He loved his truck and Christmas. He was always someone you could talk to. Thoughts and prayers to his family.”

“Very sorry to hear this,” wrote LaChondra Everett ’98. “I will forever have memories of those gorgeous, rolling, perfectly cut hills. Thanks for your service, Burt!”

A member of Staunton First Church of God, Kennedy is survived by a brother, Gary Kennedy and wife Susan; a sister, Rose M. Wagner; and numerous nieces and nephews.