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Barbara Ellen Perry Kennedy, American art therapist. Registered art therapist; certified social worker; certified marriage and family therapist. Recipient Merit scholarship Purdue University, 1971-1976, Governor's Showcase award State of Indiana, 1990.


Kennedy, Barbara Ellen Perry was born on April 22, 1937 in Columbus, Ohio, United States. Daughter of Donald Earl Perry and Elsie Irene (Strait) Perry Modglin.


AS in Mental Health Technology cum laude, Purdue University, 1975. Bachelor in Psychology, Purdue University, 1976. Master of Arts in Art Therapy, Wright State University, 1990.


Probation officer intern, Allen County Juvenile Probation Department, Indiana, 1975; production supervisor assistant, Allen County Association for Retarded, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1975; relief supervisor semi-independent living, Allen County Association for Retarded, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1975-1976; occupational therapist assistant, Logansport (Indiana) Eastern State Hospital, 1977; rehabilitation therapist, Richmond (Indiana) Eastern State Hospital, since 1977; recreation therapy director acute intensive treatment unit, Richmond (Indiana) Eastern State Hospital, 1983-1985; director art therapy department, Richmond (Indiana) Eastern State Hospital, since 1986; art teacher, art therapist with geriatric and MIDD populations, Richmond (Indiana) Eastern State Hospital, since 1995. Private counselor, since 1986. Counselor Mental Health Association, Richmond, 1986;art therapy counselor Battered Women's Shelter, Richmond, 1986.

Counselor Dayton (Ohio) Public Schools, Family Svc. Association, 1989-1990, expressive therapy counselor with Mentally Ill Chemically Addicted population,1993-. Lecturer in field of mental health and art therapy.


  • Registered art therapist. Certified social worker. Certified marriage and family therapist.


  • Other Work

    • Author, editor: Mental Stimulation Activities, 1992.


Member committee League of Women Voters, Richmond, 1977-1980. Publicity officer United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Richmond, 1985. Chairperson legislation group American Association of University Women, Richmond, 1982-1984.

Board director Community Council on Disabilities Awareness, Richmond, 1985-1986. Volunteer American Red Cross, Muncie, Indiana and Fort Wayne, 1969-1973. Volunteer tutor Adult Literacy Resource Center, since 1991.

President Richmond Art Club, 1996-1997. Active Fountain City Wesleyan Church. Member American Art Therapy Association, Buckeye Art Therapy Association, Indiana Art Therapy Association (vice president 1992-1995), Mensa.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: sailing, hiking, piano, reading, art.


Married Marvin Roosevelt Kennedy, July 1, 1955 (divorced September 1969). Children: Sherry Lynn Kennedy Anderson, Michelle ReneƩ Kennedy Byrd.

Donald Earl Perry Modglin

Elsie Irene (Strait) Perry Modglin

Marvin Roosevelt Kennedy

Michelle ReneƩ Kennedy Byrd Kennedy

Sherry Lynn Kennedy Anderson Kennedy