St. Thomas University News Release
May 1, 2003
St. Thomas University will award the rank of Professors Emeriti to Richard F. Kennedy, Judith M. Kennedy and Juergen Carl Doerr (posthumously) at its Convocation ceremony on May 12, 2003. This honourary rank is awarded, upon or after retirement, to professors who have served the university with distinction in their research, publications, or in their contribution to the development of the University.
Richard Kennedy studied at the Universities of Windsor, Western Ontario and Oxford, and taught at St. Thomas More College of the University of Saskatchewan. He came to St. Thomas University in 1966 as Professor and Head of the English Department. He subsequently served as Head or Chair of the Department for 15 of his 30 years at St. Thomas. Besides long service on the Senate, he was involved in the development of Native Studies (serving at one point as Director), Gender and Irish Studies. He served on many committees at STU and the University of New Brunswick, and represented the University in organizations such as the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies. His courses covered literature from Homer to Leacock, but his main interest was in Milton and the seventeenth century, in which subject he also gave graduate courses for UNB. His numerous articles published and papers delivered range from Chaucer to modern Canadian artists.
Judith Kennedy studied at Somerville College, Oxford, and taught at Goucher College, Maryland and St. Thomas More before coming to St. Thomas University in 1966. She served terms as departmental chair, and as a member of Senate, of the Board of governors, and of the Executive Committee of the Board; and contributed to numerous administrative and FAUST committees. She was an elected representative to the Modern Language Association of America and a corresponding editor of the Spenser Newsletter . She taught courses ranging from Chaucer to Children's Literature, but her main interest was Renaissance literature in which area she taught graduate courses for UNB, and published several books and articles. Their co-edited volume The Critical Tradition. Shakespeare: A Midsummer night's Dream was published in 1999, and their work continues on the long-term project of the New Variorum edition of the same play. They have three children and eight grandchildren.
Juergen Carl Doerr studied at the University of Saskatchewan, The University of Oregon, Middlebury College and Friedrich Wilhelm Universitat. He began teaching at St. Thomas University in 1969 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1972. His publications include two books, bibliographical guides, and he was co-editor of an encyclopedia of German history. He published numerous academic articles and close to 40 reviews. Dr. Doerr served terms as departmental chair, as a member of Senate and Board of Governors, and contributed to numerous administrative and FAUST committees. He taught courses ranging from Post-Confederation Canada to Europe in the 19th Century, but his central interest was 20th Century German history. Dr. Doerr was known for his dedication to work and his concern for students and colleagues. He could also defeat most of the younger department members at squash and was first to arrive in the office in the morning and last to leave at night. He will be greatly missed as a friend and a mentor. Dr. Doerr is survived by his wife, Uta, and two children, Mark and Nora.