Deceased September 3, 2015

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50th Reunion Book Entry

In Memory

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

50th Reunion

Greenfield, Mass. was where I was born & brought up. Not far from Amherst. So I was familiar with the aura of Amherst College and very familiar with the charms of western Massachusetts. I still have close ties to that area.

Kenneth Carpenter
Immediately after discharge from the army (in which I spent a few months in a German prison camp at their request), I was accepted at Amherst, and started my first term in February of 1946. In the middle of my freshman year I was married. After that I lived off campus and did not participate in any fraternity or many campus activities. Our only daughter was born just two weeks after I graduated. I got my A.B., my wife got her Baby.

Although my record at Amherst was mediocre with a major in psychology, my education at Amherst has been a positive benefit throughout my life. Most of my career has been in the casualty insurance business, and has led me far afield. Having been employed by several different firms, I and my family have lived in

Syracuse N.Y, Morristown N.J, Baltimore Md., and Houston, TX. One of our more memorable locations was Baltimore, where we sailed the Chesapeake Bay for many years. 11Us is great relaxation. It's both quiet and stimulating.

Since retiring in 1989 we have traveled quite extensively covering all 50 states in the U.S., mostly by car, with a few trips to Europe, Mexico and Canada. My wife and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary 2 years ago. Our daughter is successful in the medical field. We are both quite active and in good health.

Living off campus the way I did I missed a lot of the camaraderie and perhaps did not develop as close ties to the college that many do. However I do look back with fondness on those years and will be ever grateful that I had the opportunity to attend Amherst.


Kenneth Carpenter