Fred Palmer McKenney, Jr. ’39 died on November 15, 2004, in South Orleans, Massachusetts.
Born on April 17, 1916, in Wellesley Hills, MA, he prepared for college at Wellesley High School and Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, MA, and became a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1939, he studied at Babson Institute in Wellesley and was a salesman for Ford Automobiles in Wellesley before serving in World War II in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946. He was the commander of LST 640 in the Pacific, attaining the rank of lieutenant. After the war, he joined the New England Mutual Life Insurance Company in Boston as a member of the Downing & Desautels Agency. In 1953, he earned the Chartered Life Underwriter designation. He was a member of the Boston Life Underwriters Association and the Boston Chapter of Chartered Life Underwriters. He was a life member of the New England Life Leaders Association and also of the New England Life “Hall of Fame”. He retired in 1987 and was a member of the Orleans Men’s Coffee Club and president of the Orleans Men’s Garden Club. Surviving are his wife, June Heine McKenney, whom he married in 1946; a son, Steven McKenney of Wellesley; two daughters, Susan McKenney of Weaverville, NC, and Marcia Litchfield of South Orleans; a brother, Robert McKenney of Falmouth in Maine; and a grandson.