John W. Hennessey Jr

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John W. Hennessey, Jr. (born March 25, 1925, Danville, Pennsylvania) is an American academic and educator. He has spent most of his life in academia, as professor, dean, and provost. He is 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 retirement from teaching applied and professional ethics, he became the provost of the University of Vermont, later serving as interim president.

He has 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. 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 first wife, Jean Lande Hennessey, 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 May Kunin, former Governor of Vermont, Ambassador to Switzerland, professor and public commentator on issues of social justice and the environment. In April 2014 the couple moved into Wake Robin, a continuing care retirement community in Shelburne, 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, magma cum laude, with election to Phi Beta Kappa.

John W. Hennessey, Jr.
Born 1925
Danville, Pennsylvania
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Years of service 1943-1946
Rank First lieutenant
Unit Pacific Theatre - Philippines
Spouse(s) Jean Marie Lande, Madeleine May Kunin

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