November 21, 1918 – April 29, 2018
Garth Park Kennedy passed away on April 29, 2018. He was born to Isabelle Duncan and Glen Parks Kennedy in Greeley, Colorado on November 21, 1918. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 53 years, Dorothy Cornelia Kennedy, and his treasured son, Neal (“Nick”) Robert Kennedy. He is survived by his daughter, Lani Kennedy, and her husband, Lewis Kwit, of New York City as well as Nick’s life-long partner Melanie Rutherford, Garth’s devoted caregiver and friend Mary Frazier, and nieces and nephews. Garth grew up in Hastings, Nebraska, where he attended Hastings College before graduating from the University of Nebraska with a degree in architectural engineering. He moved to Oklahoma in 1942 with his new wife where he worked first with Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville and then assisted in the founding of Corken Pump Company in Oklahoma City. He retired in 1983 as Vice Chairman of Corken International Corporation and as president of Enterprise Foundry and Southwest Manufacturing Company. He held numerous U.S. and Canadian patents on equipment to handle volatile liquids and gases. During his 60-year career, he served as Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) president, National Society of Engineers national director and Oklahoma Engineering Foundation president, and in 2003 was named an OSPE Fellow, among other positions and honors. He served his community as Cosmopolitan International Downtown Club president, Civic Music Association president, Kirkpatrick Science Center board member and held numerous positions at the First Christian Church of Midwest City. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church at the time of his passing. Pastor Glenn Dunn will preside at the funeral service in the chapel at Westminster on Friday, May 4, 2018, with burial to follow in Arlington Memory Gardens, Midwest City, OK. Memorial contributions may be made to Westminster or the Oklahoma Engineering Foundation, 220 NE 28th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73105.
- Funeral Service Friday, May 4, 2018
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May 7, 2018
I had the pleasure to meet and become friends with Garth in 1972 when I became a student member of OSPE. He was always cordial and very supportive of young engineers and encouraged them to become registered. It was in part because of him and his leadership at the OSPE meetings that I became a registered Professional Engineer. He is one of a kind and will be missed in our community. I extend my deepest sympathies to the family and to his son Nick who still inspires me today to do more.
Tom Willis, P.E.
May 4, 2018
I met Mr. Kennedy when I attended junior high with his daughter, Lani. I remember the family as warm and friendly and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them. We actually went to movies! (My family was sports and only sports.) Lani, I am so sorry for your less.
May 4, 2018
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Garth Kennedy on May 13, 2013. The meeting was eventful as I learned that this gentleman liked a glass of red wine and a banana for lunch ! I knew then that not just a professional relationship would begin. Garth was quite a unique interesting and intelligent man. All of our lives were better because this kind soul was in our world. Garth is soaring now with angels and loved ones ❤️
May 2, 2018
I have worked for Dr McBride for almost 25 years, that is how I met Garth. For the first 10/11 years Garth came to our Christmas party. He shared so many amazing stories with us. He was such a sweet man! He will missed. My deepest condolences to all his family.