John Daniel "Jack" Kehoe

July 19, 1927December 16, 2016
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Athens, Ga. - John Daniel Kehoe, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 16, 2016. “Jack” Kehoe, a native of Michigan, was recognized internationally as an extraordinarily talented artist, respected educator, and a true Renaissance man in every sense. He was a wonderful father and devoted husband. His dauntless character led him to join the Merchant Marines during WWII. His adventurous spirit spurred additional travel after the war to Japan and other locations, teaching art at various military bases. After the war, he received his B.F.A. from Wayne State University and his M.A. from the University of Michigan. Kehoe went on to study at the prestigious Academie Julian in Paris and then further explored his artistic vision in his own studio in Rome, Italy, while studying at the Fonderia Bruni. An extensive exhibition and public commission record, paired with works in private collections, demonstrated Kehoe’s tremendous skill and prolific work ethic as an artist.

Kehoe was a faculty member at the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art, teaching sculpture and serving as an accomplished administrator for more than 30 years. During his tenure as faculty and Director of the Cortona Program, Kehoe was appointed to the University of Georgia Athletic Board and was a proud longtime member of the DawgNation. Later, he also served on the Lamar Dodd School of Arts Board of Visitors.

In 1970, he founded what was to become the pre-eminent international art program based in Italy. Jack’s pioneering vision and extraordinary passion, created and nurtured the UGA Cortona Studies Abroad Program. He directed the Cortona program for 20 years and continued as statesman and cultural ambassador throughout his life. A historical and magnificent building was acquired by UGA and dedicated to Jack, now known as the John D. Kehoe Cortona Center. The Kehoe Center is positioned high upon the Cortona hillside. The structure, setting, and view overlooking the Val di Chiana is deserving, as it’s namesake, of elevated honor.

By establishing and fostering the UGA Cortona program, Kehoe generated what is now a continually strengthening international friendship and cultural exchange between UGA, the city of Athens, the State of Georgia and the city of Cortona, Italy. In 1979, he was granted honorary citizenship by the Comune of Cortona, Provice of Arezzo, Region of Tuscany and received a diploma of full membership as Academician to the Etruscan Academy of Cortona. He also received the highest nonmilitary order of Knighthood authorized by the Italian Republic when he was inducted to the very honored “Ordine Cavallerasco”,

“[Kehoe] was a tower of strength, vision, tenacity, fortitude, and love. He possessed so many wonderful qualities. He will forever be a model of strength for so many of us.” – Larry Millard, former Director, UGA Cortona

“Jack Kehoe has been a friend, mentor, father and teacher. He is revered as a man of insight and vision, motivation and compassion to all of us at the University and community at large, both at home and abroad.” – Chris Robinson, Director, UGA Cortona

Jack and his wife of 56 years, Marilyn Mallard Kehoe have cared for and positively impacted thousands of members of the “Cortona Family”. The students, faculty, friends, and extended ‘family’ are forever grateful for Jack’s visionary stature, compassion, and devotion to others. He is the original and will forever be, the grand “Capo.”

Kehoe is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marilyn Mallard Kehoe who was the love of his life, and their four children: Moira and her husband, Mark Stovall, Danny and his wife, Colleen Clancy Kehoe, Christopher and Martha, and eight wonderful grandchildren; his sister, MaryAnn Harrington of Lansing, MI, as well as longtime friend of the family, Anne Stephens.

Funeral Services will be held at the UGA Catholic Center at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 22 with a celebration of a remarkable life immediately following in the UGA Catholic Center Recreation Hall. There will also be a Viewing between 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21 at Bernstein’s Funeral Home in Athens, GA. There will be a private burial.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation to the John and Marilyn Kehoe Scholarship Fund/UGA Cortona Program be made.

Online condolences may be offered at

Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 21, 2016
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 22, 2016

John Daniel "Jack" Kehoe

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John Robertson

March 17, 2017

Jack's wonderful life & legacy shared
and appreciated by all of us, will remain
as that fine full glass of Chianti raised
to live in our hearts. With love, Yancey's
son, John.

Paul Kurtz

December 23, 2016

Marilyn: Carol and I were deeply saddened to read of Jack's passing. We will always remember his warm smile, deep laugh and inquiring mind. We wish for you and your family peace and healing.

Ann Jones

December 22, 2016

Marilyn I just read the obituary of your husband. Just want you to know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayer. Bless you, Ann Jones

Samuel Carleton

December 21, 2016

In 2007, as a result of service to the Georgia Museum of Art, I received the Museum's annual Smitty award (named for the late M. Smith Griffith). The award was a metal sculpture, a creation by Mr. Kehoe for that year's award. The sculpture is in the shape of two horns, similar to antelope horns, joined at the bottom with each pointed outwards at the top. My wife and I cherish it as we now cherish the name and memory of Mr. Kehoe. Samuel B. Carleton (Athens, GA)


December 21, 2016

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Glenn Tucker

December 20, 2016

An extraordinary man who lived an extraordinary life.

Thoughts and prayers to the entire family.

Glenn Tucker - Athens, GA

Mary Catherine Moore

December 20, 2016

My heart goes out to all of you, I have such wonderful memories of growing up with your Dad- such a respectful man and inspiration!! Love to all xoxo

Charles A

December 20, 2016

Offering our deepest condolences to the Kehoe family and friends in your hour of grief.

Bernstein Funeral Home

December 20, 2016

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

Terri Breaux Manoogian

December 19, 2016

A remarkable man.....condolences to the Kehoe family.