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Estate Gift Benefits UW Education Students

June 24, 2015

An estate gift of $1.8 million from retired educator Raymond D. Kennedy, of Laramie, will support scholarships for generations of students enrolled in the University of Wyoming’s College of Education through the Raymond D. Kennedy College of Education Scholarship endowment.

“Ray Kennedy’s generous gift to the College of Education endowing a significant number of student scholarships will open doors of opportunity, making it possible for many students with financial need to pursue the education they need, which will pay Mr. Kennedy’s gift forward to the next generation of K-12 students,” says Ray Reutzel, incoming dean of the College of Education.

This fund is one of the largest scholarship endowments the UW College of Education has available for its students. It benefits education students with financial need and covers tuition and fees.

Kennedy’s passion was for education, and after his retirement to Laramie he embraced the UW College of Education’s mission. In 2013, he planned his estate, through which he created the Raymond D. Kennedy College of Education Scholarship, which he endowed with his life savings. In the past, he also supported the UW Art Museum and UW Alumni Association scholarships.

Kennedy was born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1924. He served in World War II, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Southwest Missouri State College and his master’s from the University of South Dakota. Afterward, he also attended UW.

He was a lifelong educator, teaching and serving as an administrator in Omaha, Neb., secondary schools. He was a member of the National Social Science Honor Society, Pi Gamma Mu, and Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society.

After retiring in 1981, Kennedy moved to Laramie, where he enjoyed the wide-open spaces and Wyoming’s hospitality. He died in 2015.

Although he never married and had no children, he considered his family to be the thousands of young minds he helped shape during his life.


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