Sen. Ted Kennedy’s Passing Saddens Assumption Community

“The Assumption College community is deeply saddened by the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy,” said Francesco Cesareo, president of Assumption. “Senator Kennedy was a powerful voice and tremendous advocate for people in need, and a tireless legislator who dedicated his life to public service, especially on behalf of civil rights, health care, and increased aid and access to higher education,” The Kennedy family has a distinguished legacy of engagement with Assumption College that dates back more than half a century and includes participation in many of Assumption’s milestones.

“In fact, the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation gave the College $150,000 in July 1953 to rebuild the college, now on Salisbury Street, just one month after a tornado tore through Worcester and destroyed the original Assumption campus. In appreciation for what was then the largest gift in Assumption’s history, the college named one of the five original buildings constructed on the new Salisbury Street site in memory of the eldest Kennedy brother, who died a hero during World War II. The Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Memorial Hall stands as a visible testament to the courage and sacrifice of Senator Kennedy’s oldest brother, to the compassion and commitment of the family, and to the enduring legacy of the Kennedy family at Assumption College.

“Senator Ted Kennedy was the Commencement speaker at Assumption in 1964 and again in 1979. At the 1964 Commencement, the College awarded him an honorary degree. In 2003 Senator Kennedy called for greater investment in science education and scientific discovery when he was the featured speaker at the ribbon-cutting for the College’s Richard and Janet Testa Science Center. We remember Senator Kennedy today, and join the people of Massachusetts and the nation in mourning his passing. We send our deepest condolences and prayers to his extended family at this very difficult time.”
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Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews