Frank J. Kennedy, 76

Market-research specialist

December 15, 2006

Frank J. Kennedy, a retired market-research specialist and consultant, died of lung cancer Sunday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 76 and a resident of Baltimore's Mount Vernon section.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he earned a psychology degree from Columbia University and did graduate research at New York University.

He moved to Baltimore in 1989 after working as a partner at Oxtoby-Smith, a New York marketing research organization, and owning his own business, Frank Kennedy Inc.

He joined the faculty of the Market Research Institute in Bethesda and taught his students to be focus group moderators. He retired last year.

He was also active in the Renaissance Institute at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, where he taught a course in short-story appreciation. He received the Father Joseph Connolly Award for service at the college.

Mr. Kennedy played the piano and enjoyed attending Peabody Conservatory of Music and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts.

He also was a model-railroad enthusiast.

No funeral is planned.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Rebekah Neal; two sons, Paul Kennedy of Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., and Donald Kennedy of Baltimore; a sister, Alyce Kennedy of Dallas; and four grandchildren.

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