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    Doug Most is a lifelong journalist and author whose career has spanned newspapers and magazines up and down the East Coast, with stops in Washington, D.C., South Carolina, New Jersey, and Boston. He was named Journalist of the Year while at The Record in Bergen County, N.J., for his coverage of a tragic story about two teens charged with killing their newborn. After a stint at Boston Magazine, he worked for more than a decade at the Boston Globe in various roles, including magazine editor and deputy managing editor/special projects. His 2014 nonfiction book, The Race Underground, tells the story of the birth of subways in America and was made into a PBS/American Experience documentary. He has a BA in political communication from George Washington University. Profile

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There are 21 comments on Katherine Kennedy’s Journey from Childhood Sadness to Howard Thurman Center Director

  1. So great to learn more about the wonderful Katherine Kennedy! Thanks for sharing your life experiences for this article, and expertise with us every day at BU, Katherine, and thanks for the article, Doug!

  2. A wonderful testament to the amazing life work of Katherine Kennedy. Very grateful to know her, so appreciative of her leadership and care for others.

  3. What a journey Katherine Kennedy has been on. I can see the Boston Public Schools, BU and the World smiling at your achievements. You have always been a friend to Upward Bound at BU. Proud to call you a colleague!

  4. Partnering with Katherine Kennedy and the historic and inimitable Howard Thurman Center has been a highlight of my many years at Boston University.

  5. Great article! First I must say, whatever age 75 is supposed to look like, I don’t think you, Katherine Kennedy, fit that definition. Yes, I believe your 32,000 children have kept you young! Thank you for sharing your story. It reminds us all that we have made great progress as a society, that there are always special people willing to help others, and that in this country God-given talents combined hard work and a positive attitude can truly get you beyond life’s challenges. God bless you. May you help bridge many more relationships!

  6. Katherine is an amazing leader who has served this university and its students so well and with such kindness, love and respect for many years. Thanks Doug, for writing this beautiful tribute to her. Those of us who know her as a colleague and friend are truly blessed.

  7. Ms. Kennedy remains an amazing leader borne from a fascinating (and certainly not always easy) life story. I admire her and her work greatly. Thanks for this article.

  8. This is an awesome story of a great legacy of leadership to be remembered. A wonderful journey indeed. I remember my time at the Boston Globe and how much Winship did for so many people in his time and that Katherine was a benefactor of that generosity. Congratulations on a lifetime of accomplishments. Thank you for all you do for those you encounter.

  9. A beautifully written story about a beautiful and inspiring woman, leader, visionary. Thank you, Doug, for such a great article. And thank you, Ms. Kennedy, for everything you have brought to BU and how you continue to inspire all of us who interact with you! I deeply miss seeing you at the Howard Thurman Center, and I can’t wait until we can be together again (safely) on campus!

  10. Katherine– What an AMAZING life and legacy you embody! What an honest, moving and inspiring story you have shared with us in this wonderful article. May you go from strength to strength… As one comment says ” This is not what 75 looks like!” Stay well, keep working, and continue bringing the courage and passion and warmth and experience you bless us with at BU. Thank you!

  11. I always knew Katherine Kennedy as a very accomplished, gracious women. I so appreciated learning more about her life and work. What a wonderful life; what a wonderful gift to BU and Boston. Thank you Katherine Kennedy for all you continue to do to better our world.

  12. What a wonderful way to celebrate you Katherine. Congratulations on your 50 years of setting an example for everyone on what it means to work hard and demonstrate true human spirit. You are an inspiring leader. Wishing you all the best in the years ahead.

  13. Thank you for a great story about my sister, Katherine. As her younger brother (from our mother’s subsequent marriage), I am immensely proud of her and all she has achieved.

    It is important to note that even though Katherine had her share of challenges as a child, we came from a loving and supportive family. Our mother and Katherine’s father, even though divorced, maintained a healthy and respectful relationship. Katherine’s dad (a BU grad) even became Uncle Bill to me as I grew older.

    Our home was filled with four generations of love and light. Katherine, our late brother Stanley, and I embody the values gifted to us by the venerable generations that raised us.

  14. Thank you for sharing your story Ms. Kennedy. And for helping myself, family and thousands of other students find a home at the Thurman Center and at BU.

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