John W. Hennessey Jr

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John W. Hennessey Jr.
Born(1925-03-25)March 25, 1925
Danville, Pennsylvania
DiedJanuary 11, 2018(2018-01-11) (aged 92)[1]
Shelburne, Vermont, U.S.
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1943-1946
RankFirst lieutenant
UnitOrdinance Department, Pacific Theatre - Philippines
Spouse(s)Jean Marie Lande (1948-2004; her death)
Madeleine May Kunin (2006-2018; his death)
WebsiteJohn W. Hennessey Jr. website

John W. Hennessey Jr. (March 25, 1925 – January 11, 2018) was an American academic and educator. He spent most of his life in academia, as professor, dean, and provost. He was Third Century Professor Emeritus at Dartmouth College, where he served for eight years as dean of the Tuck School of Business, during formative years at Tuck. After retiring from teaching applied and professional ethics, he became the provost of the University of Vermont, later serving as interim president.

He served on more than thirty boards of nonprofit and corporate entities, often as chair. He became emeritus on the Vermont Law School board in 2007 and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at its 2008 commencement, at which Madeleine Kunin was the principal speaker and fellow recipient of an LL.D. degree. Then-New Hampshire Governor John Lynch proclaimed March 25, 2005, Hennessey's 80th birthday, "John W. Hennessey Jr. Day in New Hampshire". He was awarded an LL.D. degree, honoris causa, at the May 2012 Commencement of The University of Vermont.


His family moved to York, Pennsylvania in 1929 when he was four years old, where Hennessey attended public schools and then entered Princeton University in 1941. He volunteered for army service in 1943 and served in the Ordnance Department, rising from private to first lieutenant. His final year and a half of service was in the Philippine Islands. He returned to the USA in September 1946 and reentered Princeton the next January. In June 1948, he received his A.B. degree in economics and social institutions, magna cum laude, with election to Phi Beta Kappa.

Personal life[edit]

His first wife, Jean Lande, was an international environmental commissioner and academic program manager, and she was a leading New Hampshire Democratic strategist and activist. She died in June 2004.

In February 2006, he married Madeleine Kunin, former Governor of Vermont, Ambassador to Switzerland, professor and public commentator on issues of social justice and the environment.[2] In April 2014 the couple moved into Wake Robin, a continuing care retirement community in Shelburne, Vermont.


  1. ^ "John Hennessey, former educator and husband of Kunin, dies at 92". Burlington Free Press. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  2. ^ Hennessey-Kunin marriage announcement,, February 26, 2006.

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