David M. Kennedy, born 21 July 1905 in Randolph, Utah, lived his life committed to principle, service, and excellence. Schooled in selflessness, Kennedy’s early lessons had an indelible impact on his life. To all who knew him, Kennedy exemplified humility, love, warmth, friendship, integrity, tolerance, and understanding.
In the Public Eye
He became an internationally respected banker before leaving the private sector behind to enter public service. Kennedy served in the Nixon administration, first as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (1968–70), then as Ambassador-at-Large on international economic issues (1970–71), and finally completed his government service as U.S. Ambassador to NATO (1971–73). When he left the Treasury Department, Kennedy’s coworkers are said to have toasted him with water. Kennedy told a newspaper reporter that this “is the finest compliment I could have received.”1