Longtime Claflin University Supporter Dr. Jonas T. Kennedy Dies

Updated: 3/17/2014 10:50 AM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

For Immediate Release

March 14, 2014


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Jonas T  Kennedy

Orangeburg, S.C. –Dr. Jonas T. Kennedy, the namesake of Claflin University’s health and physical education center whose philanthropy extended to his community and beyond, died Friday, March 14, 2014. He was 97 years old.

Kennedy was born on February 12, 1917 in Bennettsville, South Carolina. Like his parents, Augustus G. Kennedy Sr. and Grace Thomas Kennedy, and two sisters, Kennedy entered Claflin University in 1933. A farmer at heart, he transferred to neighboring South Carolina State College to obtain a degree in agriculture, graduating in 1937. Jonas T. Kennedy

Kennedy’s financial contributions to Claflin University made possible the construction of several buildings on the campus, including the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center in 1980, the Grace Thomas Kennedy Business and Communications Building named in honor of his mother,and the James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel. Additionally,the Augustus G. Kennedy Sr. Amphitheater is named in memory of his father.


Claflin University is an accredited, comprehensive institution of higher education affiliated with The United Methodist Church. A historically black university founded in 1869 and located in Orangeburg, S.C., Claflin is committed to providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities in its undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs

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