LAWRENCE KENNY

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KENNY, LAWRENCE
WAGNER
Lawrence Wagner (Larry) Kenny of Gainesville passed away on Saturday, July 28th after a long illness. Larry was the son of the late Margaret and William Kenny.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years Christine Kenny and by his sister Genie (Jeffrey) Kline of Tomball, Tx. He is also survived by his sister in law Joanne Nitz of Baltimore, Maryland; neice Jennifer (Peter) Haubein, Ethan, David of Tomball, Tx and by neice Katherine Bold, great neices and nephews Alex, Kaitlynn, Emmalee Beatty and Annabelle, Aidan and Caleb Bold. Also surviving Larry are his cousins Carl (Sheila) Litsinger, Glenn (Beverly) Litsinger and Stephen (Marcia) Litsinger.
At the time of Larry's death he was a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Economics at the University of Florida. Throughout his career Larry was a distinguished scholar, teacher, mentor and administrator, and a faithful and admirable friend and colleague.
Born in 1950 in Baltimore, Maryland Larry graduated from Gilman school in 1968. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Wesleyan University in 1972 and his Ph.D in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1977. Larry's research centered on education and the working of government ranging widely from the behavior of voters to the effects of tax policies. In addition to over 50 publications Larry's scholarly contributions included serving as the President of the Public Choice Society and serving as a referee for roughly 50 different economics journals.
At the University of Florida, Larry served as the graduate coordinator and twice served as the chair of the Department of Economics. He was awarded college-wide and campus-wide teaching awards as well as nurturing the Senior Honors Seminar whose students have gone on to productive positions all over the country. Throughout his life Larry dealt with a modest speech impediment. For a less resolute and confident soul this might have been taken as a signal to pursue a career other than teaching. To Larry it was only an obstacle to overcome. That he won numerous teaching awards is evidence of his success in overcoming such obstacles. A lifelong friend noted that Larry was regarded as 'the epitome of the gentleman scholar.'
As an inveterate beach lover he never lost his joy for the surf and the challenge of body surfing a good wave.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to 'Economics Fund in memory of Larry Kenny', UF Foundation, 2008 Turlington Hall, PO Box 117300, Gainesville, FL,32611.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Aug. 9 to Aug. 10, 2018