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Kathleen Marie Kennedy-Corey

kathleen kennedy-corey

August 20, 1948 ~ May 17, 2020

Kathleen Marie Kennedy-Corey passed away in Washington, DC, on May 17th, 2020.  Ms Kennedy-Corey was the wife of Chad Evans Wyatt.  She was born in 1948, of Willis Kennedy and Louise Šimek Kennedy; she grew up in suburban and exurban Chicago.

Upon achieving her MBA at American University, Washington, DC, Kathleen entered that rarest of careers, in service to one employer, AU.   She rose ultimately to the position of Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Those who worked with her will exuberantly recall her championing the arts programs offered there, both large scale and small.  She played a pivotal rôle in the completion of the Katzen Center for the Arts and kept several performing arts excursions to Russia focused and successful. 

Kathleen held a decade of New Year’s chamber concerts in her home, for 30 musician friends and their families.  In the company of her mother Louise, she went to Prague in 1993 to uncover the traces of her Czech family, who had been silent for 40 years behind the Iron Curtain.  To the pleasure all, their Czech relations turned out to be highly educated, and speaking English and French.  That family reknitting was one of her happiest accomplishments. 

She was devoted to her college roommate and profound friend, Hollis Brown Nesbit, and was God Mother to Hollis’ son Lincoln.  Hollis remained true to their bond, visiting Kathleen throughout her final years.

She was an indefatigable champion of Chad’s photography and was by his side for the creation of much of his project and exhibition work.  She was happiest scouring museums here and abroad for medieval and renaissance works; she never tired of attending concerts at the Coolidge Auditorium, or opera at the Národní divadlo.  She was a generous contributor to arts funds everywhere, always anonymously. 

She is preceded in death by her brother Patrick and mother Louise, her father Willis and stepfather Russell Corey.  She is survived by her two brothers, Kirk and Scot Corey, and their families.


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  1. I’m an old codger in the psychology department of AU.  For years it was apparent to me that Kathleen was both humane and an excellent administrator.  I am sorry she is gone.

  2. What a lovely picture of a lovely lady.
    We worked at AU together for more than 35 years.  Sometimes she sat in my French classes.. she would tell me about the new movies by Rohmer and the new recordings of the Arts Florissants.  Patrick was my student too.  So pleased to have known them. My sincere condolences to Chad. 

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