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  Townsend, Kathleen Kennedy
NameKathleen Kennedy Townsend
Ruxton, Maryland , United States
Website [Link]
Born July 04, 1951 (70 years)
Last ModifedBarack O-blame-a
Nov 22, 2012 09:23pm
InfoKathleen’s faith was shaped as she grew up in a large Irish Catholic family and attended Catholic schools. The eldest child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, she saw her parents make the connection between faith and justice, between faith and the common good. Civil rights was a moral issue - poverty unacceptable. Her father’s article “Suppose God is Black?” highlighted for her the notion that our religious beliefs were intimately connected to our public actions.

In the early eighties, Kathleen wrote a number of articles connecting faith to the fight for a fairer society. She founded the Maryland Student Service Alliance to make Maryland the first, and still only state that requires young people to engage in community service as a condition of graduation. And, as Maryland’s first woman Lt. Governor, she instituted the office of Character Education - to provide a focal point for the teaching of responsibility and respect to the next generation.

Kathleen serves on a number of non-profit boards. She is the chairman of the Institute for Human Virology at the University of Maryland and serves on the board of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the Points of Light Foundation, National Catholic Reporter, and the Character Education Partnership, among others. While serving as the chairman of the board of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, she created the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. Mrs. Townsend is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Before being elected Lt. Governor, Mrs. Townsend served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the United States. She helped design and launch the nationally acclaimed Police Corps, a program that gives college scholarships to young people who pledge to work as police officers for four years after graduating

Kathleen has been appointed an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Public Policy and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government where she focused her efforts on faith and public life. Mrs. Townsend is an honors graduate of Harvard University, and holds a law degree from the University of New Mexico where she was a member of the law review. She has received ten honorary degrees and has published several articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Washington Monthly, among others.

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend lives outside Baltimore, Maryland with her husband, David, a professor at St. John’s College in Annapolis. They have four daughters Meaghan, Maeve, Kate and Kerry.



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May 05, 2003 12:00am Interview Interview with Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, 2003  Article COSDem 

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Husband David Lee Townsend 00, 0000-
Father Robert Francis Kennedy 1925-1968
Grandfather Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. 1888-1969
Uncle John Fitzgerald Kennedy 1917-1963
1st Cousin Caroline Kennedy 1957-
1st Cousin John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. 1960-1999
Aunt Eunice Mary Kennedy Shriver 1921-2009
1st Cousin Bobby Shriver 1954-
1st Cousin Maria Shriver 1955-
1st Cousin Mark K. Shriver 1964-
1st Cousin Anthony Kennedy Shriver 1965-
Aunt Patricia Kennedy Lawford 1924-2006
Aunt Jean Kennedy Smith 1928-2020
Uncle Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy 1932-2009
1st Cousin Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy, Jr. 1961-
1st Cousin Patrick J. Kennedy 1967-
Grandmother Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy 1890-1995
Great-Grandfather John F. Fitzgerald 1863-1950
Brother Joseph P. Kennedy II 1952-
Nephew Joseph P. Kennedy, III 1980-
Brother Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. 1954-
Sister Kerry Kennedy 1959-
Brother Chris Kennedy 1963-
Brother Max Kennedy 1965-
Mother Ethel Skakel Kennedy 1928-

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