Kennick, W.E.

William E. Kennick taught philosophy at Amherst College for more than 35 years. He was the William F. Kenan Jr. Professor from 1978 to 1980 and the G. Henry Whitcomb Professor from 1976 until 1993, when he retired -- the last Amherst professor forced to do so because he had turned 70. He served as faculty marshal from 1972 to 1993.

Kennick was born in 1923 in Lebanon, Ill. Co-valedictorian of his high school class, he received a full tuition scholarship to Oberlin College, which he supplemented by working in steel mills every summer. He graduated from Oberlin in 1945 with honors in philosophy, the only summa cum laude graduate in his class. He entered Cornell University as a Susan Linn Sage Fellow in philosophy but was called up by the Army in 1946. He served for 18 months in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.


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