John Irvin Kennedy Jr., 59, deputy U.S. marshalJohn Irvin...

July 10, 1998

John Irvin Kennedy Jr., 59, deputy U.S. marshal

John Irvin Kennedy Jr., a deputy U.S. marshal who was in charge of security at the federal courthouse in Baltimore, died Monday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 59 and lived in Gettysburg, Pa.

The former Owings Mills resident moved to Gettysburg in 1984.

He had worked at the courthouse since 1985. Before then, he was a Baltimore police officer, beginning in 1960.

He was the father of Susan Kennedy, who was fatally shot along with her brother-in-law, David Scott Piechowicz, at the Warren Motor Lodge in Pikesville in 1983. The gunman mistook Ms. Kennedy for her sister, Cheryl Bradshaw, who died this year in Baltimore.

Mr. Kennedy was born in the Pimlico section of Northwest Baltimore and graduated from St. Ambrose parochial school in 1954. He joined the Army in 1956, where he earned his high school equivalency diploma, and was discharged in 1959.

"St. Ambrose School was very important to John, and he had hoped to attend Mount St. Joseph High School, but we were too poor," said his sister, Catherine Kennedy of Owings Mills. "He used to say, 'I wonder how different my life would have been if I had gone to Mount St. Joe.'"

Mr. Kennedy's family has established a scholarship fund in his memory at St. Ambrose School, c/o St. Ambrose Alumni Association, P.O. Box 163, Reisterstown, 21136. An annual scholarship will be awarded to a student to attend a Catholic high school.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

He also is survived by his wife of 38 years, the former Melva Kernes; a son, John K. Kennedy of Gettysburg; his mother, Catherine Hartman of Reisterstown; and six grandchildren.

Virginia K. Tilghman, 98, Towson State U. employee

Virginia K. Tilghman, a retired assistant resident director at then Towson State College and World War I veteran, died Tuesday of respiratory failure at Goodwin House in Alexandria, Va. She was 98.

The former Towson resident had lived in Alexandria since 1992.

She was assistant resident director of Prettyman Hall from 1957 until 1970, when she retired.

The former Virginia Kennerly was born in Salisbury and graduated from Southern Seminary in Buena Vista, Va.

According to family members, she enlisted in the Navy in 1918, was discharged in 1920 and moved to Baltimore.

She worked in the traffic department of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad until she married Kendall Brattan Tilghman in 1931. He died in 1956.

She was a charter member of the Women's Eastern Shore Society, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a Red Cross volunteer. She attended Grace United Methodist Church in Baltimore.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Holloway Funeral Home, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury.

She is survived by a daughter, Eloise Tilghman Payne of Alexandria; three grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

Pub Date: 7/10/98

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