Deceased September 3, 2015
Ken died Sept. 3, 2015, after a short illness while living in a healthcare facility in Townshend, Vt., where he resided after the death of his wife, Gertrude, to whom he was happily wed for more than 60 years.
Raised in Greenfield, Mass., he was aware of the aura of Amherst early in his life. He entered the army at 18, served with the 397th Infantry in France, spent a few months in a German prison camp and, shortly after his discharge, started college in February 1946. He was married early and lived off campus, regretfully unable to participate in many fraternity and campus activities, but he still developed a very strong affection for the school.
He spent most of his career in the casualty insurance business and, as a consequence of being with different companies, lived in many parts of the country. His favorite was the 18 years he spent in Lutherville, Md., sailing on Chesapeake Bay before moving to Houston, where they stayed 30 years.
Ken retired in 1989 and traveled extensively, covering all 50 states as well as trips to Europe, Mexico and Canada. He was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters and is survived by his daughter Judy, one brother and numerous nieces and nephews. He was 90. He stated in our 50th reunion book how valuable his education had been and how ever-grateful he was for the opportunity to attend Amherst.
Gerry Reilly ’49