Thomas J Kennedy Jr.

December 8, 1936February 22, 2019

Colonel Thomas Joseph Kennedy Jr., USA, retired, age 82, of Fairfax, Virginia, died peacefully on February 22, 2019, surrounded by family.

Born December 8, 1936, in Omaha, Nebraska, he was the son of Colonel (USAF, retired) Thomas J. and Edna Ann (Fennell) Kennedy. He attended the University of Kansas where he received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and later obtained a Master of Arts in Slavic & Soviet area studies. While there, he was a member of the Reserved Officer Training Corp (ROTC), receiving his commission as a second lieutenant upon graduation.

During a distinguished military career that spanned 27 years, Colonel Kennedy received numerous awards and commendations, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and two Bronze Star Medals. He completed two tours in Vietnam and served in the U.S. and abroad as a human intelligence and a foreign area officer. He attended both the Army War College and the National War College. Following his military career, Colonel Kennedy worked in the not-for-profit sector, serving as executive director of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials for 20 years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Patricia, and sons Thomas (Kathy) of Centreville; Kevin (Beth) of Cary, North Carolina; daughter Jennifer Hammond of Suwanee, Georgia; and grandchildren Kaelin, Kelly, Devin, Brooke, Delaney, and Emily. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son-in-law, Michael Hammond.


  • Patricia Kennedy, Wife
  • Thomas J. Kennedy III, Son
  • Kevin Kennedy, Son
  • Jennifer Hammond, Daughter
  • And by six grandchildren.


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 27, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, February 28, 2019

Thomas J Kennedy Jr.

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James Ford

March 3, 2019

Tom was a valued military colleague and a friend, as was his family. We went through the East European Foreign Area Course together, beginning in Monterey, CA, for language training, then on to the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS, for a Master's Degree in Soviet and Slavic Studies, and then -- back to Vietnam. Not even DOD had enough money to expand Detachment R in Garmish, Germany, to continue our extended language and area studies! Memories include trying not to be "too military" on campus during the anti-Vietnam era, bonding with our professors more than the other students and enjoying the company of our "group of seven military families." Good times; good memories; rest in peace.

The Boyle Family

February 27, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family at this difficult time. Cherish and find comfort in the memories of the time all of you spent together. Our deepest sympathy to all of you.

Noel Doyle

February 27, 2019

Tom Kennedy was a military colleague and close family friend for five decades. It was our good fortune to have served together with him and his family in California, Germany and in the continental United States. His passing is a true loss not just for his wonderful family but also a heartrending occasion for all who knew him well.
Some time back I wrote a poem on his behalf. The verse ended thusly---"Tom Kennedy is special---soldier, person, friend." Those reflections have never changed. He will truly be missed. NJD

John Brueck

February 26, 2019

As the ASTSWMO Region 10 Board Member for a little over 6 years when Tom was Executive Director just prior to his retirement, I was impressed with Tom's quiet and extremely effective style of management, coordinating with the Board and keeping ASTSWMO and the States' positions well represented with the U.S. EPA! Much good environmental work was accomplished on the National Level through his efforts! Working with Tom, all the ASTSWMO Associates and the other States in ASTSWMO was the highlight of my career at Idaho Dept. of Environmental Quality.

May Tom rest in peace after a job well done on earth!!!

Ron Hammerschmidt

February 26, 2019

It was a great privilege to work with Tom during my years with the State of Kansas and USEPA. I regard him as one of the most humble and intelligent professionals encountered during my career. I would of course tell Tom these traits were the product of his years in Lawrence at the University of Kansas. Please accept my prayers and thoughts during this time. We will keep you and Tom in our thoughts and prayers.

Ed Thamke

February 26, 2019

It was an honor and pleasure to work with Tom during my time on the ASTSWMO Board of Directors. Tom was a consummate professional and role model for any association's Executive Director. May peace be with Tom's family and friends.

Ed Thamke
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
ASTSWMO Past-President (2011-2012)

Nick DiPasquale

February 26, 2019

Tom was an incredible source of knowledge and experience, which he willing shared with members and staff of ASTSWMO. He was a calm force in a sometimes hectic environment. He always had time to listen. He never forced his views on you, but helped you understand the repercussions of any potential action. He was always the gentleman. He was a great friend and mentor to many of us young upstarts. He had a life well-lived and will be remembered fondly by those of us whose lives he touched.

Clarence Smith

February 25, 2019

Mr. Kennedy’s impact on State and Federal environmental policy issues is immeasurable. He was a great mentor and leader to all who interacted with him. His style was to always try and find a consensus position on the issues being discussed. He did this quietly, with and through the State representatives of the various work groups of ASTSWMO. A consummate professional, it was my privilege to work with him for over 20 years.

Howard Roitman

February 25, 2019

Generations of federal and state officials relied on Tom's insights, wisdom, and advice to serve the citizens of the United States. He was and is much loved.

Catherine Williams

February 25, 2019

Kevin, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family have my prayers.