Ann Kenney

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“My friend Ann Kenney died in a boat accident in June of 1970. She was a teacher on an island in the Ulithi Atoll in Yap, Micronesia. She was a dedicated teacher and was much loved by the people on her island. As her supervisor, I observed her teaching skills and they were excellent. As an aside, Ann was a beautiful woman and to this day I mourn her tragic loss.”  – Mike Lamont

Excerpt from The Washington Post Article, “Peace Corps Honors Its Living Ideals” by Saundra Saperstein, September 22, 1986:

Clutching the rose in one hand after the service, Marge Kenney of Valinda, Calif., spoke of her daughter Ann, who died in 1971 in a boating accident while a teacher on the Pacific island chain of Micronesia. “Why did she go?” Kenney mused. “Why does anybody want to go? It was a spirit that caught on during the Kennedy years, and she was fired up at the time.

“People called them hippies in the ’70s. But they woke us up to a lot of things . . . and we could use that spirit again.”



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11 Responses to Ann Kenney

  1. geoff williams November 8, 2020 at 6:00 pm #

    Ann lived across the hall from me in a beachfront apartment in Mission Beach San Diego. She was a delightful neighbor. And so lovely. We dated a few times before she left for the peace corps. Fazura Ulithi in the Yap District of the Western Caroline Islands she told me. It sounded like some kind of paradise. I missed her and fantisized about jumping on a plane and visiting… Idly Googling today and ran across her obit and the news of her tragic accident. Can’t imagine how terrible that must have been for her family. So sorry for your loss.

  2. Bob Kenney April 26, 2020 at 7:25 pm #

    Dear Virginia Gomez and Mike Lamont.
    I just found this site today 4/26/2020. I am Bob Kenney, one of Ann’s 5 siblings. I left a message on another site but I don’t know if it went through. We are very grateful for your thoughtful words. Ann was the best older sister one could have. Ann was fun, intelligent, thoughtful and always caring. She took us with her cool friends everywhere and was never embarrassed of us with lizards and frogs popping out of our pockets while she was practicing for a college production of’Under Milkweed’.
    Her death was tragic and probably caused my Dad’s early demise. Our Mom is still here and throwing her slippers at Trump on TV at 95.

    • Pam (Bush) Morris October 19, 2021 at 12:23 am #

      October 18, 2021
      Dear Bob – I came across this website by accident and was wonderfully surprised by Ann’s pictures and then your comments. You probably don’t remember me but I was best buddies with Ann starting in grade school and up until she died. Even after so many years I still think of her and all of her family. I have regretted that I didn’t keep contact with your mom and dad. I understand from the comments that your mom is still alive. Please send my love to her and the rest of your family. Jeff and Tim may remember me.
      I would love to send a message to your mom. Anyway I am still in shock that I might actually have made contact with you all again.
      Thanks! Pam (Bush) Morris

  3. Virginia Renata Gomez May 27, 2019 at 6:21 am #

    I contacted Mike Lamont, who was Ann Kenney’s supervisor, but he said he doesn’t know how to contact Ann Kenney’s relatives in Los Angeles. I’ve been looking for any of her family for years. I did find a nephew of her’s but he hasn’t answered. Miss Kenney was my teacher at John C Fremont Elementary School. I was 11 years old. Actually, she was a student teacher when I met her. She used to take us on field trips. I spent a lot of time with her as she lead me through dance classes and acting classes. She was honing me to be an actor. I was in 7th grade when I was handed a note that she passed away. I was never the same again.

    • Bob Kenney April 26, 2020 at 3:46 pm #

      Dear Virginia
      I just ran into this article ten minutes ago and was deeply moved by your comments. I am Bob Kenney, one of Ann’s younger brothers. Yes Ann was an exceptionally good, caring, talented , fun and giving person and we were blessed to have her as an older sister. Her passing was a major shock to her five siblings and my parents.
      We have only great memories of Ann, always dancing as a child and a teen, acting in High School and college, taking her younger brothers and sister with her on outings and letting us crash at her rentals in Ocean and Mission Beach. See, this Corona Virus lock-down does have a silver lining because I ran into your wonderful thoughts.
      Bob Kenney

      • Virginia Renata Gomez April 29, 2020 at 10:31 pm #

        Thank you Bob! Yes I made contact with Tim and now with you! Soon I hope to hear back from your other sister too. I’m so happy about this . Thank you for answering me!

  4. Virginia Gomez July 12, 2017 at 3:22 am #

    I’m looking, still looking for the family of Anne Kenney. She was my teacher in the 70’s. I used to spend the night at her home (I was 11 and 12) and she’d take us out on field trips to the beach. I’ve searched for her mom, Marge – to no avail. Now I’m searching for Mike Lamont.

    • Sarah December 4, 2019 at 12:09 pm #

      Don’t give up. This is a very touching memory

      • Virginia Renata Gomez April 30, 2020 at 3:47 am #

        Thank you Sarah, I finally made contact!

    • Tim Kenney April 27, 2020 at 12:39 am #

      Hi Virginia, My name is Tim Kenney, Ann’s brother (three years younger). Please feel free to contact me through Facebook. I’m in Chula Vista, Ca.

      • Virginia Renata Gomez April 29, 2020 at 10:29 pm #

        Hello Tim, Yes we made contact! Thank you very much!

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