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Mary Lou Kennedy Receives Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff

Story posted June 07, 2004

Mary Lou McAteer Kennedy of Freeport, Maine, has been honored by the Bowdoin Alumni Council with the 2004 Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff, presented June 5 during Reunion weekend.

Established in 1963 by the Alumni Council, the Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff recognizes service and devotion to the College.

Kennedy is the Director of Dining & Bookstore Services at Bowdoin College. She came to Bowdoin in 1986 as the Assistant Director of Dining Services and mentored for three years under the tutelage of Laurent "Larry" Pinette, who was a fixture in Bowdoin's dining rooms for 34 years - and was also a recipient of the Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff in 1988.

Upon Pinette's retirement in 1989, Kennedy assumed the role of Director. In the ensuing 15 years, she has elevated the Bowdoin dining and catering services to one of the finest among American colleges. During the years of Kennedy's leadership, her operation has consistently been named among the top ten by the Princeton Review in the "Great Food" category; in 2003 it was named #1 in the country.

Kennedy was raised in the Boston area and in Vermont, and in 1974 she earned her bachelor's degree in Food and Nutrition at the University of Vermont. A registered dietician, she served as a dietetic intern at Massachusetts General Hospital and earned her master's degree in Food Service Management from Framingham (Mass.) State College in 1985. Prior to Bowdoin, Kennedy was a hospital dietician for six years and served as the Assistant Director of Food Service at Wellesley College from 1980 to 1986.

In her 18 years at Bowdoin, Kennedy has been a leader in the Bowdoin Administrative Staff Steering Committee and worked on the Strategic Planning Task Force under President Edwards. She also served on the Senior Center Building Committee, on the Committee to Rebuild Hyde Cage as that facility was converted into the David Saul Smith Union, and as chair of the Moulton Union Building Committee during its renovation.

She participates on several committees of the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS), including a team that reviews the operations of member institutions. She is also the vice chair and chair-elect of Midcoast Hospital's board of directors in Brunswick.

Kennedy resides in Freeport, Maine, with her husband, Gerry, and her youngest daughter, Molly. Her oldest daughter, Anne, is a rising senior at Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y.; her son, Matt, is a rising sophomore at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass.

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