Jerome McDonald Kennedy, 76, legislative affairs officer

April 06, 2006

Jerome McDonald Kennedy, a retired legislative affairs officer and former Baltimore resident, died of heart failure Sunday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Bethesda resident was 76.

Mr. Kennedy was born in Baltimore, the son of former Rep. Ambrose J. Kennedy Jr. He was raised on Biddle Street in East Baltimore and graduated from City College in 1949.

After serving in the Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground from 1953 to 1956, he returned to Baltimore and went to work in his father's insurance brokerage, Poor, Bowen, Bartlett and Kennedy.

Interested in politics, he ran unsuccessfully in 1959 for a seat on the Baltimore City Council on a ticket that included Peter Angelos, George Arthur and Frank X. Gallagher.

Later that year, he was appointed administrative secretary for Mayor J. Harold Grady.

Mr. Kennedy earned his law degree in 1971 from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

In the late 1960s, he moved to Montgomery County and began a three-decade career as a legislative affairs officer for various federal agencies in Washington, including the Environmental Protection Agency and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

He ended his career in 1994 in the office of Caspar W. Weinberger, then secretary of defense, during the Reagan administration.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.

Surviving are three sons, David Ambrose Kennedy and J. McDonald Kennedy, both of Baltimore, and Lee McCardell Kennedy of Timonium; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. His marriages to Mary Ann McCardell and Nancy Lee Mohr ended in divorce.

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