Ann Kenney

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PCV Ann Kinney at the Fadarai Elementary School, 1970. Ann died in a boating accident in June 1971 on her way back to Fadarai after attending graduation ceremonies at the Outer Islands High School on Falalop, Ulithi. (Mike Lemont)

“My friend Ann Kenney died in a boat accident in June of 1970. She was a teacher on an island in the Ulithi Atoll in Yap, Micronesia. She was a dedicated teacher and was much loved by the people on her island. As her supervisor, I observed her teaching skills and they were excellent. As an aside, Ann was a beautiful woman and to this day I mourn her tragic loss.”  – Mike Lamont


Excerpt from The Washington Post Article, “Peace Corps Honors Its Living Ideals” by Saundra Saperstein, September 22, 1986:

Clutching the rose in one hand after the service, Marge Kenney of Valinda, Calif., spoke of her daughter Ann, who died in 1971 in a boating accident while a teacher on the Pacific island chain of Micronesia. “Why did she go?” Kenney mused. “Why does anybody want to go? It was a spirit that caught on during the Kennedy years, and she was fired up at the time.

“People called them hippies in the ’70s. But they woke us up to a lot of things . . . and we could use that spirit again.”



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One Response to Ann Kenney

  1. Virginia Gomez says:

    I’m looking, still looking for the family of Anne Kenney. She was my teacher in the 70’s. I used to spend the night at her home (I was 11 and 12) and she’d take us out on field trips to the beach. I’ve searched for her mom, Marge – to no avail. Now I’m searching for Mike Lamont.