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Frank Robert Kennedy


Frank Robert Kennedy, American lawyer. Bar: Missouri 1939, Iowa 1961. Recipient Outstanding Alumnus award Southwest Missouri State University, 1968, Distinguished Faculty Achievement award University Michigan, 1971, Distinguished Law Alumni award Washington University, 1989; Paul Harris fellow, 1983.


Kennedy, Frank Robert was born on July 27, 1914 in Strafford, Missouri, United States. Son of David Rolland and Maida Mary (Appleby) Kennedy.


AB, Southwest Missouri State University, 1935. Bachelor of Laws, Washington University, 1939. Doctor of Juridical Science, Yale University, 1953.

Sterling fellow, 1940.


Teacher, forensic coach Lebanon (Missouri) High School, 1935-1936. Instructor law State University Iowa, 1940-1941, assistant professor law, 1941-1946, associate professor, 1946-1949, professor, 1949-1961. Professor law University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1961-1978, Thomas M. Cooley professor, 1979-1984, Thomas M. Cooley professor emeritus, from 1984.

Of counsel Sidley & Austin, Chicago, 1983-1994. On leave as executive director Commission on Bankruptcy Laws United States, Washington, 1971-1973. Acting chief counsel to industrial user unit, rationing div.

OPA, Washington, 1942-1943. Visiting professor University Texas, 1963, New York University, 1964, University Pennsylvania, 1966, St. Mary's University, 1976, Louisiana State University, 1977, American University, 1979, University California Hastings College Law, 1982. Mason Ladd Visiting Distinguished Professor Law, University Iowa, 1985, Georgia State University, 1993.

Reporter advisory committee bankruptcy rules Judicial Conference United States, 1960-1976. Reporter uniform exemptions act National Conference Commissioners for Uniform State Laws, 1974-1976, reporter uniform fraudulent transfer act, 1983-1984.


  • Bar: Missouri 1939, Iowa 1961.


  • Other Work

    • Co-author: Collier on Bankruptcy, 14th edition, volunteer 4, 1942, volunteer 4A, 1954, volunteer 4B, 1959. Contributor articles to legal and technical journals.


Served from ensign to lieutenant Commander United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1946. Commander Reserve, retired. Member American Bar Association, American Association of University Professors, National Bankruptcy Conference, American Law Institute(life), American College Bankruptcy (Distinguished Service award 1996), Order of Coif, Delta Theta Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha.

Clubs: Rotary.


Married Patricia Harvey, August 26, 1939. Children: Candace Gottschall, Robert Mitchell, Diane (Mistress William Bulger), David Harold.

David Rolland Kennedy

Maida Mary (Appleby) Kennedy

Patricia Harvey

Candace Gottschall Kennedy

Robert Mitchell Kennedy

Diane Kennedy (Mistress William Bulger)

David Harold Kennedy