Victor Kenyon

Victor Gerard Kenyon

1926-2013 Victor Gerard Kenyon of Vero Beach, Florida died peacefully on January 25, 2013. He was 86.

Born on November 3, 1926 in Hollis, Long Island, Mr. Kenyon grew up swimming, lifeguarding, and collecting autographs. He graduated from Regis High School in 1944 and enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After the war, he attended Fordham University, graduating with a degree in philosophy. His real interest, however, lay in musical theater. With classmate and songwriting partner, Marty Donovan, Mr. Kenyon wrote and produced a series of college musicals and then a television variety special for NBC. Theater would remain a lifelong interest.

Out of college and looking to supplement his songwriting income, Mr. Kenyon approached the Maxon Advertising Agency with some ideas he'd developed in his spare time. Although Maxon wasn't hiring and Mr. Kenyon had no experience, Mr. Kenyon left with a job that would become a career.

In 1952, Mr. Kenyon moved to Maxon's headquarters in Detroit, Michigan. There he met and married Martha Jean Bigley of Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. They settled in Grosse Pointe and began to raise a family.

In 1964, the Kenyons returned to the New York area, settling in New Canaan, Connecticut. Mr. Kenyon worked briefly at Grey Advertising before joining J. Walter Thompson in 1965. He remained at J. Walter Thompson for the remainder of his career, overseeing Ford Motor Company advertising. That work led him briefly back to Detroit and then later to London, England. He retired from J. Walter Thompson as Senior Vice President - Executive Creative Director in 1995.

During their lives together, Mr. and Mrs. Kenyon were members of the Country Club of Detroit, Innis Arden in Old Greenwich, and John's Island Club in Vero Beach. They traveled widely and particularly loved Africa, visiting there on eight different occasions. Other than family, Mr. Kenyon's great passion was the Boston Red Sox. He followed every game.

He is survived by his daughter, Katharine Kelley of Manchester Center, Vermont; his son, Peter Kenyon of Dedham, Massachusetts; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sheila, and his wife, Martha.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach.

Published in The Manchester Journal from Feb. 1 to Feb. 22, 2013