Kenneth Gordon Cady ’34

Kenneth Gordon Cady ’34 died on November 28, 2006, in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

Born on June 12, 1911, in Newton, MA, he prepared for college at Newton High School and became a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at Bowdoin. He took a year off from his studies and worked in the Merchant Marines. Following his graduation in 1935 as a member of the Class of 1934, he was a buyer with Lever Brothers Company in Cambridge, MA.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1940 to 1945 during World War II, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander. In the course of his naval career, he supervised the construction of the USS Chinaberry in Rockland, escorted convoys across the North Atlantic, established safe harbors in Normandy after D-Day, and was in the Pacific theater of operations.

After working again with Lever Brothers for a year and another year with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, he returned to active duty in the Navy in 1948. As a commander in the U.S. Navy, he was stationed in Italy and in England, where he was the first American to teach seamanship at the Royal Naval Staff College in Greenwich.

He retired from the Navy in the late 1950s and then held a civil service position, where he worked on weapons systems for the Navy with firms such as the Bath Iron Works and Raytheon. After retiring in 1970, he renovated an old house in Friendship and spent the next 35 summers there, with winters in Winchester, MA, and Marblehead, MA, until 1993, when he began spending winters in Ponte Vedra, FL.

He was married in 1950 to Mary Wilder, who survives him, as do a son, Samuel L. Cady of Friendship; a stepdaughter, Priscilla Ambrose of North Yarmouth; three sisters, Constance C. Leyland of Duxbury, MA, Eleanor Cady of Louisville, KY, and Judith C. Maddock of West Palm Beach, FL; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.