Kathleen Townsend Marks Visit of her Father, Robert Kennedy, to H-SC

April 28, 2014

Townsend On Saturday, May 10, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former Lt. Governor of Maryland and the eldest child of Robert F. Kennedy, will give the second annual Reveley lecture to commemorate her father's visit to Hampden-Sydney College almost 50 years to the date of his visit.

Townsend was Lieutenant Governor of Maryland from 1995 to 2003.  In 2010 she became the chair of the non-profit American Bridge, an organization that raises funds for Democratic candidates and causes. As the eldest child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, she saw her parents make the connection between faith and justice, between faith and the common good.  Civil rights was a moral issue - poverty unacceptable.

In the early eighties, Kathleen wrote a number of articles connecting faith to the fight for a fairer society.  She founded the Maryland Student Service Alliance to make Maryland the first and still only state that requires young people to engage in community service as a condition of graduation.  And, as Maryland's first woman Lt. Governor, she instituted the office of Character Education to provide a focal point for the teaching of responsibility and respect to the next generation. 

Kathleen serves on a number of non-profit boards.  She is the chairman of the Institute for Human Virology at the University of Maryland and serves on the board of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the Points of Light Foundation, National Catholic Reporter, and the Character Education Partnership, among others.  While serving as the chairman of the board of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, she created the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.  Mrs. Townsend is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Before being elected Lt. Governor, Mrs. Townsend served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the United States. She helped design and launch the nationally acclaimed Police Corps, a program that gives college scholarships to young people who pledge to work as police officers for four years after graduating.

Kathleen has been appointed an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University's School of Public Policy and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government where she focused her efforts on faith and public life.  Mrs. Townsend is an honors graduate of Harvard University, and holds a law degree from the University of New Mexico where she was a member of the law review.

Free and open to the community, the lecture begins at 8:30 PM in Johns Auditorium