Index of Memorial Resolutions and Biographical Sketches
LORRIN G. KENNAMER, JR.
Lorrin G. Kennamer, Jr., professor emeritus of curriculum and instruction and geography, died on December 23, 1999. He was 75.
Professor Kennamer was born on December 20, 1924, in Abilene, Texas. He earned a bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky State College in 1947, a master's degree from the University of Tennessee in 1949, and a PhD from Vanderbilt University in 1952.
Dr. Kennamer taught at East Texas State University, where he chaired the Department of Geography and Geology. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1956, where he served as chairman of the Department of Geography and as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Professor Kennamer left UT Austin in 1967 to become dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Tech University, a position he held until 1970. He returned to the University in 1970, where he served as dean of the College of Education. He also held the Ruth Knight Millikan Centennial Professorship. He retired in 1998.
Professor Kennamer coauthored Texans and Their Land (1963) and Atlas of Texas (1963, 1967, and 1973). He was a member of the board of trustees for the College Entrance Examination Board. He also served as president of the Southwestern Social Science Association.
In 1960 the Texas Academy of Science named Professor Kennamer an honorary life fellow. In 1972 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Council for Geographic Education. In 1979 he was elected to the executive committee of the Deans' Network, a 40-member consortium of universities involved in educational research and development. In 1982 he received the Edward S. Noyes Award from the college board for outstanding service in education.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on February 8, 2001. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History Center.