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Portrait of Neal R. “Nick” Kennedy

In Memoriam

Neal R. “Nick” Kennedy

August 31, 1945 ~ October 13, 2017

Obituary published in The Oklahoman, October 18, 2017

Neal Robert “Nick” Kennedy was born in Oklahoma City to Dorothy Cornelia (Brown) and Garth Parks Kennedy.

He is survived by his father, of Oklahoma City; sister, Lani Kennedy and husband Lewis Kwit, of New York City; and his lifelong partner, Melanie Rutherford, of Piedmont, OK.

He held a B.S. in mechanical engineering from The University of Oklahoma, M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona, and a J.D. (with honors) from Oklahoma City University.

Nick was a registered Professional Engineer and was a member of Sigma Tau, Pi Tau Sigma and Phi Delta Phi. An adjunct professor of law at Oklahoma City University, Nick had lectured on intellectual property matters for continuing legal education programs and civic groups. He was listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Professional associations included the American Bar Association, Oklahoma Bar Association, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He served as president of the Engineering Club, and as president of the Patent, Trademark and Copyright Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association.

He was a partner with the law firm of Dougherty, Hessin and Beavers, and of counsel with McAfee Taft law firm. He was chief engineer of the Corken International Corporation, where he held patents for several pump and compressor designs, and was an engineer with Idex Corporation.

He was a member of the Oklahoma City Corvette Club.

A Memorial Service will be held at First Christian Church of Midwest City, 11 a.m. on Oct. 19.