Hugh MacLean Kennedy


Hugh MacLean Kennedy, FSA Scot, co-founder of the Kennedy Society of North America and second Chief (1975-1986), died August 9, 2000 in Charleston, South Carolina. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to Donald and Mary (Murphy) Kennedy of the Isle of Tiree, Argylshire. He graduated from what is now Inverclyde University in Glasgow as a Marine Engineer, and he served in the British forces in World War II. In 1974, he came to the United States, settling in New Orleans and later transferring to Charleston, SC.

Hugh held many honors in several Masonic bodies, St. Andrew’s Societies in both Columbia, SC and Charleston, and in his church, the First (Scots) Presbyterian in Charleston. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Christeen Armstrong Kennedy; a daughter, Patricia MacLean Kennedy Carr; a son, Bruce Kennedy; granddaughter Pamela MacLean Carr Heltzel and husband Matthew; two step-granddaughters Stephany Glassing and Briana Jewett; a sister; and nieces and nephews.

The Kennedy Society was very fortunate to have Hugh Kennedy at the helm during the Society’s formative and trial years, and his presence gave us the direction that we have followed since. We will always treasure his gentle guidance and wisdom, which were cloaked in humor and laughter. We miss him sorely, and he will always be remembered.

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