Kenneth Wentworth
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1927 - 2020
Kenneth Wentworth, 92, college professor and concert pianist, died on March 22 in Washington, DC. Survived by son David (Betsy Broder) and daughter Martha Woods (Steve) and four adored granddaughters (Ariel and Caroline Wentworth, Catherine and Toby Woods). He was predeceased by his son Jonathan (Gabriel Milanese) and by his wife of 68 years, Jean (Anderson) Wentworth. Immensely warm and generous, he was revered as a teacher and loved by family and colleagues. As a youth he worked on a Maine farm, then joined the Navy during WWII. He studied piano under Irwin Freundlich at the Julliard School, where he met his wife Jean. Together they formed a piano four-hand team that toured world-wide, commissioned new music, and created a distinguished discography of contemporary and classical repertoire. He was a professor at Sarah Lawrence College for forty years, was active in the civil rights movement, was a Fulbright Scholar in India, ran an Upward Bound program, founded the Cooperative College Center of SUNY, and established the concert management firm of Jonathan Wentworth Associates. He and Jean continued to perform together into their 80s and he worked almost full-time until just before his death. Donations in his memory can be sent to either Whitman-Walker Clinic ( or the Refugee and Immigrant Center For Education and Legal Services (

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Published in New York Times from Mar. 24 to Mar. 25, 2020.
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July 18, 2020
Deeply saddened to see this, and so much after the fact. I was privileged to study with Jean and to know Kenneth as the kind and generous chairman of the music department at Sarah Lawrence. They were both such vibrant human beings, so distinct from each other and yet so marvelous together. Their four-hand performances were extraordinary to see as well as to hear. Wonderful memories of people greatly missed. Heartfelt, if belated, sympathy to the family.
Barbara P. Winn
April 5, 2020
My family and I have known Mr. & Mrs. Wentworth for many years, they were very kind, loving and compassionate human beings. Everyone in my family were extremely blessed and honored to have been a part of their lives and to have shared so many memorable moments with them. I will always remember the quick meals that were prepared with the ingredients that were picked from his own garden, which was also often sent to my home for us to enjoy it. Needless to say, we are so saddened and heart broken to learn that Mr. Wentworth is no longer with us in this world, but the wonderful and happy memories that we have of him will live in our hearts forever and we will miss him.
May The Lord be with them and rest in Peace.

Our sincere and deepest condolences to Mr. Kenneth Wentworth's children and grandchildren.
Renée La Torre and Reldon Kersting
March 28, 2020
So sorry to read this. I have such delightful memories of Ken and Jean playing informally on the piano in my grandparents house in Woodbury. There music was wonderful but seeing two people play music together, be so beautifully and deeply connected through music was absolutely sublime. My deepest condolences to their children and grandchildren.
Jonathan Griswold
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