Howard Kennedy

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Howard Kennedy (’76 Ph.D.), Dallas :: at age 83, heads First Richardson Helpers, a group of 25 volunteer handymen that does minor household repairs and installs safety features, such as grab bars and handrails for senior citizens, at no cost to them. He also plays the trumpet in three musical groups — the Richardson Community Band; Eastfield Early Brass, a 16-piece brass ensemble sponsored by Eastfield Community College; and Frohlich Kapelle, which plays traditional German music such as polkas, waltzes and marches. While at North Texas, he was a music major, but switched to physics and math. He continued to play in the Concert Band and take lessons from Professor John Haynie. He met his wife, Pat Adams Kennedy (’55, ’75 M.A.), a music major, on campus. “One day, I saw this cute redhead in a practice room in the music building when we were both freshmen. I introduced myself, and the rest is history.” Howard worked for Texas Instruments for nearly 38 years, while Pat worked as a child development specialist at Eastfield College. Pat died in 2005. Howard would love to hear from any friends he went to school with. “Life is good, and I am trying to live it to the fullest,” he says.