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Teague Funeral Service

2260 Ivy RD, Charlottesville, VA

OBITUARY

Mr. Cornelius Bryant Kennedy

April 13, 1921June 7, 2014

Cornelius (Neal) Bryant Kennedy, “Lawyer, Sailor, Adventurer,” passed away peacefully at home in Charlottesville, Virginia on June 7, 2014. Neal was born in Evanston, Illinois on April 13, 1921, and grew up in Chicago’s North Shore suburbs. After graduation from Andover and then Yale, where he earned a B.A. in Interdepartmental Studies, he moved on to M.I.T. and postgraduate studies in physics. After service in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he obtained his JD at the Harvard Law School and returned to Chicago where he practiced law with a large law firm until a call came from Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen in Washington, and Neal accepted his offer to serve as Legal Counsel for the Minority Leader, but only for one year. However, it stretched into six years, and his final assignment from both the Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate was to draft legislation which the Senate and House could pass and President Johnson signed into law as the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Neal returned to private practice of law, this time in Washington, D.C., and also served as a member of the President’s Conference on Administrative Law, as Chairman of the Section of Administrative and Regulatory Law of the American Bar Associate and as a member of the American Law Institute. His outside activities included Commodore of the Sailing Club of the Chesapeake and President of the Board of St. John’s Child Development Center. He was also a member of the Chevy Chase Club (Maryland) and the Hillsboro Club (Florida). Neal was also a member of the Explorers Club and the Adventurers Club and his travels as a young man took him to countries all over the world, often by unusual routes, hitchhiking from Cairo to Cape Town, South Africa, across the Congo and to Timbuktu, through Afghanistan, across Asia to Singapore and Bali with side excursions to the Karakorum mountain range northwest of Tibet. A lifelong sailor, Neal took up windsurfing at the age of 60. Neal and his wife, Anne Reynolds Kennedy, who grew up in Lake Forest, Illinois, were married for 44 wonderful and active years during which she focused her interests on facilities for handicapped children and on Wolf Trap, the National Park for the Performing Arts, until her death in 2003. Neal is survived by two daughters, Anne Talbot Kennedy, a horsewoman, of Reston, Virginia, and Lauren Kennedy Mayle, a successful business owner in Richmond, Virginia and two granddaughters, Katherine and Stephanie. After his wife died, friends who live in Charlottesville urged him to consider this area as a wonderful place to relocate. Of all the places he looked at in the area, he chose University Village because in addition to the view, he liked both the residents he met and the concept of ownership. He is sure he made the right choice. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the name of Cornelius Bryant Kennedy to the Supreme Court Historical Society. . A memorial service to celebrate Neal’s life and legacy will be held at University Village in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 12 2014 at 1:00 P.M.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 12, 2014

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Richard Murphy

October 3, 2014

I read of Neal's passing in the current edition of the Yale Alumni Magazine. I got to know Neal in my first year as legislative assistant to Senator Hugh
Scott of Pennsylvania. I was deeply involved in the Senate's consideration of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and marveled at the good work on that legislation by Neal. He, Clyde Flynn, and Bernie Waters -- known as "the bombers" -- were advisers to Senator Minority Leader Everett McKinley Dirksen of Illinois. My sincere condolences to the Kennedy family. May Neal rest in peace.

July 25, 2014

My deepest sympathies to my dear cousins on the loss of your father! Uncle Neal was a a lovely man and uncle who earned my great respect. All my love, Margaret Reynolds

Tallie Kennedy

June 23, 2014

Dad, I love you and will miss you very much, but you are with Mom now and at peace. Thank you for all you've taught me, and for being the best Dad I could ever have. Love, Tallie

Bruce Rakfeldt

June 17, 2014

My prayers go out to the Kennedy family and all that knew him during this challenging time. As I did not know Mr. Kennedy personally, I had the honor to meet his daughter, Lauren, recently for the first time. The world has lost a great man, and I am sure his spirit remains with everyone that he has ever met and touched them deeply to be better people.

Bruce Rakfeldt
United States Marine, North Carolina

Ulla Chunn

June 17, 2014

Neal Kennedy family: I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the family during this most difficult time.
I will miss seeing you Neil, my next door neighbor.
Ulla Chunn

John Potvin

June 17, 2014

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Neal was a good friend, a caring person and had a wonderful outlook on life. I just spoke to him several weeks ago and he was still chipper and in good spirits.

I will always remember Neal, his love for life and the water. We had many, many good times on Restless over the years together.

Betsy Doobbs

June 16, 2014

Neal was my "classey gardian angel" when my aunt passed away. Bruce Woodruff was our attorney in St. Louis and called Neal. He held my hand during the court hearing and said, I could do those audits. He aways had time to take my call, even if it wasn't an emergency. He told us to join the SC of the Chesapeake, which we did when we moved to Annapolis. I will miss his Christmas cards. He made me feel special. Betsy Dobbs (Annapolis)

Lauren Kennedy

June 14, 2014

Lawyer, Sailor, Adventurer - and amazing father. I love you Dad and miss you but know you and Mom are probably having a blast on a sailboat somewhere!

Meri Odell Thomsen

June 12, 2014

Neal Kennedy family: I am Neal's first cousin, Meri Odell Thomsen, his Aunt Cornelia's daughter. I knew him when I was a little girl and spoke with him on the phone again when I wrote the Kennedy History. I loved him! You have my deepest sympathy and will be remembered in my prayers.
Meri Odell Thomsen

Jean Wright

June 12, 2014

Neal Kennedy Family. I am so sorry for your loss. Such a gentleman, very witty, wonderful sense of humor. We will all miss him here at University Village. I will miss my across the hall neighbor!

FROM THE FAMILY