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EDGAR D. KENNA

KENNA-- Edgar Douglas, Jr. "Doug", age 88, of North Palm Beach, FL, passed away on January 28, 2013. Doug is survived by his wife, Jean; son, Edgar Douglas Kenna III (Debi); daughter, Susan Cronk (Shanler) and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Doug Kenna attended the University of Mississippi for one year before being appointed to West Point in 1942. As a cadet, he excelled in athletics, was a cadet captain and regimental commander, and was elected president of his class. Upon his graduation from West Point, he was commissioned in the Infantry and beginning in the fall of 1946, Doug Kenna returned to West Point on temporary duty each fall as an assistant football coach under head coach Earl Blaik. In that capacity, he was instrumental in developing two more unbeaten Army teams, and, when he turned to civilian life, he stayed on at West Point coaching football for three more years. Mr. Kenna's illustrious career in business included his work at Avco as Vice-President of the Missiles, Space, and Electronics Group, and later as Vice-President in charge of Marketing and Planning, where he made significant contributions to the defense and security of the United States. He went on to become President of Fuqua Industries, increasing sales eight-fold; joined Robert B. Anderson, Ltd in a partnership that provided broad financial services and marketing throughout the world. In 1973, he was selected as President of the National Association of Manufacturers, an organization of over 12,000 members. While in this position, Mr. Kenna founded and directed the United States/USSR Trade and Economic Council. His enthusiasm and innovative planning made this visionary project a reality. In 1977, Mr. Kenna left the National Association of Manufacturers to become President of Carrier Corporation and in 1981 he became a partner and director of G.L. Ohrstrom & Co., a capital investment firm where he served until his retirement. Mr.Kenna has served as chairman and director of many companies during his long and brilliant career in business. Among these is Vinnell Corporation, a Trustee of Eisenhower College and Northeastern University; he is a member of the Vincent T. Lombardi Cancer Foundation; he has been active as Chairman of the United Way campaign and the Hiawatha Boy Scout Council for Upstate New York; and he is a Trustee Emeritus of the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy, and was also Vice-Chairman of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Doug Kenna served two Presidents of the United States as chairman of investigative committees, devoting his time and energy as willingly as he has assisted charitable organizations during his career. He is a recipient of the Freedom Foundation Medal and the Gold Knight Award of the National Management Association. A Graveside Service will be held at the Lakewood Memorial Park, Jackson Mississippi, on February 11, 2013 at 11:00am. A Memorial Service will be held at The United Military Academy at West Point, Highlands NY, on May 13, 2013, at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Lost Tree Chapel, 11149 Turtle Beach Rd., North Palm Beach, FL 33408. Services entrusted to the Howard-Price Funeral Home, North Palm Beach, FL.


Published in The New York Times on Feb. 10, 2013
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