Rev. Thomas Frank Kennedy, S.J., senior research fellow in music at the University of Oxford's Campion Hall and former member of the Board of Trustees at Loyola University Maryland, died on Friday, Aug. 19.
Fr. Kennedy served on Loyola's board from 2005-13. In April 2007 he delivered a lecture on "Jesuits, Music, and the Creation of Culture" as part of Loyola's Year of the City celebration that explored mutually beneficial relationships between Loyola and the Baltimore community.
Fr. Kennedy was on leave from Boston College, where he co-founded the music department in 1989 and served in many other prominent faculty and administrative leadership roles over the last three decades. As a musicologist and entrepreneur of Jesuit music he edited, produced, and professionally recorded four baroque operas associated with the early Society of Jesus, among numerous other recorded works. Fr. Kennedy was a prolific lecturer and scholar on the topic of Jesuits and music in the early modern period, with particular attention to the music of the Latin American Jesuit missions during the colonial period. He was one of a very few musicologists who helped establish “Mission Music” as a new musical genre.
In addition to his service on Loyola's Board of Trustees, Fr. Kennedy was a trustee at Loyola University New Orleans, the Terezin Foundation, and the Boston Early Music Festival.
Fr. Kennedy received a B.A. in classics and philosophy from Boston College, an MFA from Tulane University, a diploma in pastoral theology from the University of London, and a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Fr. Kennedy's full biography is available at campion.ox.ac.uk.
No funeral information is available at this time.