Paul R. Kennedy
October 20, 1928 – June 3, 2019
Paul R. KENNEDY age 91 went home to be with the Lord on June 3, 2019. He was born in Terra Haute, IN to Paul T. Kennedy & Elizabeth I. (McBride) Kennedy. He grew up in Akron, OH, was a graduate of East High School, he lettered 3 years on swim team and was a World War II Navy 103rd BATTALION SEABEE serving in the Philippines. After being discharged, he worked for Ohio Bell Telephone Co.
Paul married his high school sweetheart, Yvonne E. Dunlap and attended night school at the University of Akron on the GI Bill. While at the U of A, he was certified as a Water Safety Instructor for the American Red Cross and taught Swimming & Life Saving as a volunteer for the next 16 years. He went to work at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. June 1950 and retired 37 years later from Compound Process Development as Project Engineer in charge of mixing systems. His specialty: Trouble-Shooting Banburys and other types of mixing equipment.
Paul sort of backed his way into the job in 1967 as a compounder when he discovered that many of the compounding problems could be traced back to the mixing equipment or how it was operated. So valuable was his work that in 1968 Paul was given the coveted Dinsmore Award, Goodyear’s highest recognition for R&D personnel.
Paul is well known as “Mr. Banbury” to GIC production engineering and development around the world because he’s been to every Goodyear Tire plant and 90% of the Industrial Products plants in the USA and overseas covering over 50 plants. He received the Tech Center 1983 Goodyear Spirit Award bronze medallion for his total commitment to his company, community and country. Paul was contacted after his retirement May 31, 1987 from GT&R by Farrel Corp. of Ansonia, Connecticut, makers of rubber & plastic equipment, to be a consultant as a Process Application Engineer. He traveled the USA and the world again covering 66 plants and starting up several tire plants for another 6 ½ years before really retiring. Paul was a member of Akron Lodges #645 & #83 F&AM (62+ years), 32 Degree Scottish Rite Valley of Akron Mason (58+ years) and the American Legion Post #281 Cuyahoga Falls. He was happiest designing & building model train bridges and accessories for O&G Gauge trains.
Paul was survived by his wife of 71 years, Yvonne E. Kennedy, and is survived by son, Jeffrey P. Kennedy.
As per Paul’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Paul R. Kennedy
June 9, 2019
I have so many many memories of Paul and all the times he has helped me out! One Thanksgiving Day stands to mind I was cooking dinner for my family and my kitchen sink was clogged, Paul insisted he was coming over to fix it and lo and behold he did! He loaned me every type of equipment ever needed to handle my lawn and taught my daughter how to mow and edge the lawn, since she moved out I cannot find anyone to do the job as well as she did - thanks to her teacher Paul!
Paul was one of the kindest, sweetest ready to help anyone that needed a hand! He was always there no matter what you needed help with!
He is greatly missed.
June 7, 2019
Paul Kennedy was a dear friend of our family, and he will be deeply missed. No words can express the gratitude for all he has done, his kindness, and his generosity precede him. His name will be remembered always.
June 7, 2019
Knew Paul for many years at Goodyear. Had the opportunity to run plant trials with him at Danville and Union City. Most memorable was a trial at Danville where we both got food poisoning from a local restaurant. After two days of recovering, we ran the trials (and swore we would never eat at that restaurant again).
Paul definitely enhanced the careers of many young engineers with his knowledge and patience. His hands-on expertise without question gave us 'young' engineers the knowledge that you can't get from books.