Anne Hetrick Hetrick Kennedy

December 29, 1923June 5, 2011

Anne Hetrick Kennedy died in Raleigh on June 5, 2011, at the age of 87. She was born in Princeton, West Virginia, on December 29, 1923, and grew up in Walhalla, South Carolina, but Wake County was her home for almost seventy years. It was here that she pursued her calling as a teacher, married and raised a family, and participated fully in the life of the community. When she graduated from Winthrop College in 1943, her classmates chose her the most interesting member of the senior class. Throughout her life, she remained interesting and interested in all aspects of human experience, from the local to the global, and from the personal to the political. Her love of people and generous spirit enriched the lives of those she touched. She began teaching at Wake Forest High School during the Second World War and maintained cherished friendships with many of her students. Anne married Frank Ramsey Kennedy in 1948 and, in the 1950s, shifted her pedagogical energies to her three children, exposing them to the wonders of nature, the richness of history, and the principles of social justice.

After returning to the classroom at LeRoy Martin Junior High School in 1963, she flourished there for over twenty years as a beloved teacher of subjects ranging from North Carolina history to the history and cultures of Africa and Asia. Her students won prizes in National History Day competitions and received awards from the American Society for State and Local History. Anne received recognition as Wake County’s Teacher of the Year in 1981. She also served on the North Carolina State Textbook Commission and held offices in several professional organizations, including Delta Kappa Gamma. After her retirement, Anne volunteered as a docent at both the North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Museum of Art and enjoyed book clubs and bridge clubs with friends. She was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for over sixty years.

Surviving are daughter, Katharine Kennedy and her husband Daniel Waggoner, of Atlanta; daughter Annette Kennedy Cowell and her husband Rick Cowell, of Stillwater, OK; daughter-in-law Cynthia May Kennedy of Raleigh; granddaughters Anne Vaynne Cowell of San Antonio; Kathryn Kennedy of Raleigh; and Laura Kennedy of Miami; and step-grandson Kyle Hanlin of Raleigh.

She was preceded in death by her husband, by her son John Montgomery Kennedy, and by her granddaughter Rebecca Katherine Cowell.

A memorial service to celebrate Anne’s life will take place at 2:00 on Friday, June 10, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27607. The family will greet friends at a reception following the service, in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church or the North Carolina Museum of History Foundation, attention Heyward H. McKinney, North Carolina Museum of History, 5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.


  • Memorial Service Friday, June 10, 2011

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Lola Smith

July 12, 2011

to the family: we just heard of mrs. kennedy's passing. we are so sorry. we will miss her tremendously. she was so kind and generous. she was my friend. Lola Smith and Dr.Kratzer.

Toni Parker

July 6, 2011

I just learned today of Anne's passing, and am saddened by the news. She welcomed me as a new faculty member to Martin Middle and was such a gracious, wonderful, and warm individual. Yes, as a teacher, she will be missed, but she will be doubly missed as someone who was caring, warm hearted, and generous with her time and talents.

Joe Richardson

July 2, 2011

Of all the teachers who taught me, Miss Hedrick (Kennedy), you are at the top of my list. Not only were you a great teacher, you were my friend. I know I gave you a hard time on a few occasions, but I still hold the greatest respect for you. You taught me so much outside the text book, and I will always remember you for the influence you had on my life. I remember fondly your teaching the boys to dance so that we could attend one of your Girl Scout dances.
My sincerest thoughts.

June 16, 2011

Mrs. Kennedy was one of the few educators that I have never forgotten and that influenced me throughout my educational and professional life. What I know about Africa, I learned from her and being at Martin Jr High in 1976, and having her guidance in our bicentennial pagent is a treasured memory.
Greg Richardson

June 13, 2011

Miss Hedrick (Kennedy) was an outstanding teacher. I was fortunate to be a student of hers in Wake Forest. She also was our Girl Scout leader for a number of years. A wonderful roll model. She generously gave many of my friends upon our high school graduation monogram towels.
Most of us took them to college with us! A wonderful, generous friend and teacher!
Kappy Stroud Goslee

Susan Wooten Gaines

June 11, 2011

I am just getting back into town and saw this news. Your mom has been a neighbor for 25 years. I remember the great times at your home growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Much love,

Beverly (Clark) Freeman

June 10, 2011

Mrs. Kennedy was my kindergarten teacher but for a lifetime, she has been my neighbor. I can't even begin to explain how much I looked forward to each visit. She was an absolute delight! I'm so sad to think she will no longer be just up the street to stop in and see. It was a privilege to know you, Mrs. Kennedy. Your sweetness and goodness will be remembered by those of us blessed to have been a part of your life. My condolences to the extended family members who have suffered this great loss.

Rob Shamblin

June 9, 2011

I taught 7th grade life science at Martin Jr High ... it was only for one year (as a first year teacher) and then I returned to college for my masters. Mrs. Kennedy was such a great teacher and so thoughtful, compassionate and full of grace. My first year in the classroom would have been so much more difficult without her presence and reassuring advice. It was only for one year, and many years ago at that (1977-78). But a photo someone had posted on Facebook caught my eye today. Even after 24 years, I immediately recognized her and many good memories of her returned (e.g. she once got me released from my teaching duties in order to drive the activity bus so she could take her students on a field trip to the history museum. I don't remember the exhibit that we were going to see, but I remember driving the bus, with everyone onboard, by her house so she could pick up some homemade cookies for the occasion). I can barely imagine the hundreds of lives that she touched - students and teachers and parents alike. Godspeed, Mrs. Kennedy.

Kathy Klibbe

June 9, 2011

Mrs. Kennedy was always my favorite teacher. She instilled in me a love of history and how we learn from the past. I used to ride my bicycle to Martin to help her get ready for the Fall semester. She took us on field trips all over the state and I even won a Tar Heel Junior Historian award under her tutelage. She will truly leave alot of grieving people behind, but how blessed are we to have known her? GodSpeed, Mrs. Kennedy, I will never forget.

Joe Richardson

June 9, 2011

My deepest sympathy. Mrs. Kennedy taught me in the eighth grade. No better teacher can be found anywhere.