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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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