Kennedy, G. Donald (George Donald), 1900-1988

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Civil engineer, Michigan state highway commissioner, and president of the Portland Cement Company in Chicago.

From the description of G. Donald Kennedy papers, 1928-1968. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34418403

G. Donald Kennedy was a prominent public official. Trained as a civil engineer, Kennedy served as Michigan state highway commissioner, chairman of the Mackinac Straits Bridge Authority, and as president of the Chicago-based Portland Cement Company. Kennedy was noted for his interest in the development of the Michigan's highway system. He was also a proponent of the need for constructing a bridge across the straits of Mackinac.

G. Donald Kennedy, civil engineer, was born in South Lyon, Michigan, on January 25, 1900. He graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1917, and from the University of Michigan in 1921 with majors in political science and engineering.

Kennedy was registered as a professional engineer in Michigan and several other states, and had a distinguished career in structural, municipal, and highway engineering. During his career he was employed by Hoad and Decker, consulting engineers of Ann Arbor, and by the cities of Jackson and Pontiac as a municipal engineer. He planned the construction of the municipal airport in Pontiac and became an avid promoter of aviation. From 1933 to 1942 he served the Michigan State Highway Department as business manager, consulting engineer, deputy commissioner, and commissioner. He was Vice-President in Charge of Highway Development for the Automotive Safety Foundation from 1943 to 1949, and closed his career at the Portland Cement Association of Chicago, Illinois, where he was consulting engineer and assistant to the president, vice-president, executive vice-president, and president.

Kennedy also served on many boards and committees and was active in the Democratic Party. He managed the gubernatorial campaigns of Murray D. Van Wagoner and Frank Murphy. Among the positions he held were chairman of the Mackinac Straits Bridge Authority from 1938 to 1944, member of the Michigan Council of Defense during World War II, Vice-Chairman of the National Interregional Highway Committee from 1941 to 1944, President of the American Association of State Highway Officials from 1941 to 1942, member of the Board of Commissioners of the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority from 1941 to 1945, member of the Highway Traffic Advisory Committee to the War Department, Consultant to the United States Senate Post-War Planning Committee, and member and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Highway Research Board, National Research Council.

Among the honors received by Kennedy are the George S. Bartlett Award in 1948 for outstanding contribution to highway progress, and the University of Michigan Sesquicentennial Award in 1967. A roadside park near Charlevoix, Michigan, was named in his honor in 1961.

Kennedy died March 16, 1988.

From the guide to the G. Donald Kennedy Papers, 1928-1968, (Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Cissel, James H. (James Harlan), b. 1889. James Harlan Cissel papers, 1934-1943. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Fitzgerald, Frank D. (Frank Dwight), 1885-1939. Frank Dwight Fitzgerald papers, 1928-1944. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Murray D. Van Wagoner Papers, 1921-1949 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf G. Donald Kennedy Papers, 1928-1968 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Prentiss Marsh Brown Papers, 1902-1973 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn James H. Cissel papers, 1934-1943 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Alumni Association (University of Michigan), Individual Photographs, ca. 1880-ca. 1960s Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Frank Dwight Fitzgerald papers, 1928-1944, 1930-1939 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Van Wagoner, Murray Delos, 1898-. Murray Delos Van Wagoner papers, 1921-1949. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Kennedy, G. Donald (George Donald), 1900-1988. G. Donald Kennedy papers, 1928-1968. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
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associatedWith American Association of State Highway Officials. corporateBody
associatedWith Automotive Safety Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Brown, Prentiss M. (Prentiss Marsh), 1889-1973. person
associatedWith Byrd, Richard Evelyn, 1888-1957. person
associatedWith Chrysler Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Cissel, James H. (James Harlan), b. 1889. person
associatedWith City of Cheboygan (Ship) corporateBody
associatedWith City of Munising (Ship) corporateBody
associatedWith City of Petoskey (Ship) corporateBody
associatedWith Cobo, Albert E. (Albert Eugene), 1893-1957. person
associatedWith Delano, Frederic Adrian, 1863-1953. person
associatedWith Democratic Party (Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith Dickinson, Luren Dudley, 1859-1943 person
associatedWith Farley, James A. (James Aloysius), 1888-1976. person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, Frank D. (Frank Dwight), 1885-1939. person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, Frank Dwight, 1885-1939 person
associatedWith Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority. corporateBody
associatedWith Jeffries, Edward, 1900-1950. person
associatedWith Litchfield, Edward H. (Edward Harold), 1914-1968. person
associatedWith MacDonald, Thomas H. (Thomas Harris), 1881-1957. person
associatedWith MacDonald, Thomas H. (Thomas Harris), b. 1881 person
associatedWith Mackinac Bridge Authority (Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith Michelf, Rodolfo. person
associatedWith Michelf, Rodolfo. person
associatedWith Michigan. State Highway Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan. State Highway Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949. person
associatedWith Osborn, Chase S. (Chase Salmon), b. 1860. person
associatedWith Pere Marquette No. 20 (Ship) corporateBody
associatedWith Romney, George W., 1907-1995. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. person
associatedWith Sorensen, Charles E., 1881-1968. person
associatedWith Straits of Mackinac (Ship) corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Alumni Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Van Wagoner, Murray Delos, 1898- person
associatedWith Wallace, Henry A. (Henry Agard), 1888-1965. person
associatedWith Williams, G. Mennen, 1911-1988. person
associatedWith Willow Run Bomber Plant. corporateBody
associatedWith Willow Run Bomber Plant. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
Pontiac (Mich.)
Mackinac Bridge (Mich.)
Mackinaw City (Mich.)
Saint Ignace (Mich.)
Mackinac Island (Mich.)
Mackinac Bridge (Mich.)
Willow Run Expressway (Mich.)
Pontiac (Mich.)
Michigan
Cut River Bridge (Mich.)
Blue Water Bridge (Port Huron, Mich. and Sarnia, Ont.)
Detroit (Mich.)
Subject
Presidents--United States--Election--1936
Engineers
Bridges--Michigan
Political elections--1937
Cement
Tanks (Military science)
Roads
traffic engineering
Political elections--1941
Airports
Engineers--Michigan
Offices
Airports--Michigan
Traffic congestion
World War, 1939-1945
Ferries
Politics and government--1921-1930
Politics and government--1941-1950
Boat and ship industry
Presidents--Election--1936
Aeronautics
Roads--Michigan
Political elections--1936
Traffic engineering--Michigan
Quarrying
Politics and government--1931-1940
Defense industries
Bridges
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Birth 1900-01-25

Death 1988-03-16

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