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William Kennington

"Bill" Kennington passed away peacefully on 26 November 2016 at the Luther Crest in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He was 87 years old. Bill was born the eldest of six children and raised in Jackson, Mississippi by Warnie and Wilma Kennington. After obtaining a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University (1951), he entered the Naval Academy, where he sang in the Protestant choir and served as business manager for the Lucky Bag. After graduation with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1955, he was assigned to Willard Keith (DD-775). He then returned to USNA for five months, assisting in training the Olympic crew team, utilizing his experience gained as a varsity coxswain and member of USNA's Gold Medal crew team of the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, "The Great Eight." He subsequently commenced submarine training in New London, Connecticut, and earned his Dolphins aboard Tiru (SS-416) in Honolulu, Hawaii. Admiral Hyman G. Rickover selected him for the nuclear power program, and he served on numerous submarines including commanding officer and plank owner of SAND LANCE (SSN-660). He served aboard the first nuclear submarine to fire a guided missile, HALIBUT (SSGN-587); was a member of the first Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board; established and served as the first Director of the Advanced Tactics Department at the Submarine School; was Chief of Staff of Submarine Group Eight in Naples, Italy, and was Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Among his awards are the two Legions of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Expeditionary Medal, and the National Defense Medal. He retired in 1985 and settled with his wife, Sabra, in Crownsville, Maryland in close vicinity to his alma mater, where, for the next 30 years, he enjoyed all the activities surrounding Annapolis, including USNA sporting events, tailgating with his USNA classmates and sailing on his beloved 35' Endeavor sailboat, Clean Sweep, named in recognition of all four of his sons graduating from USNA. He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, the former Sabra Keene Grant of Hartford, Connecticut, their children; Robert '81 (married to Lili) (surface line), William Jr. '82 (married to Linda) (submariner), Bruce '86 (married to Virginia) (submariner), CDR Eric Kennington '88, USN (Ret.) (married to Dayna) (aviator), and seven grandchildren, William III, Elena, Ryan, Arthur, Tristen, Reece and Ethan. He is also survived by three brothers, Warnie, Roy, and Bruce and a sister, Hallie. He was predeceased by a fourth brother, Robert. Inurnment and memorial services with military honors will be held at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland on Monday, the 30th of January 2017. The inurnment will start at 1:30pm at the USNA Columbarium with parking on Ramsey Road immediately adjacent to the columbarium. Memorial services will be held at the USNA Chapel at 2:00pm immediately following the inurnment. A reception will be held at the USNA Officer Club immediately following the memorial service. RSVP to Arrangements by Nicos C. Elias Funeral Home, Allentown, Pa

RSVP: Please RSVP to Bill Kennington, Jr. at by the 14th of January 2017, so that we can obtain an adequate head count. Include accompanying guests in this count. Please provide/confirm your email address with your RSVP, so we may notify you of changes to the dates and times of the Services should there be inclement weather. We will provided directions, USNA entry requirements and further parking instructions after receipt of the RSVPs.

Forwarding of this announcement: Please feel free to forward this email to those family and friends that we may have missed on this distribution. We certainly hope that you will join us in celebrating the life of a dedicated naval officer, passionate sailor, loyal friend, crewmate, shipmate, and classmate, and loving son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. But we will of course understand if you cannot make it, especially at this time of year. Sincerely, Bill, Jr. for Capt. Kennington’s family

Capt. William “Bill” A. Kennington, USNA Class of 1955, will be put to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) on Monday, 30th of January 2017 with military honors.

Services: 1330 (1:30pm) – Inurnment at the USNA Columbarium. 1400 (2:00pm) – Memorial at the USNA Chapel, St. Andrews Chapel. 1500 (3:00pm) – Reception at the USNA Club, located one block away from the USNA Chapel on Truxtun Road. Reception will be in the Leyte Gulf Room. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, scones, pastries and finger sandwiches will be served. There will be a podium with microphone and speaker, for those of you that would like to say a few words about our Father. Directions and parking:
Directions to the Naval Academy, Gate 8 entrance and traffic routing down to the Columbarium can be found in the attached pdf file. For the Columbarium, parking is on Ramsay Road between the Columbarium and Dorsey Creek. We respectfully request you follow the driving/parking directions in the pdf attachment (i.e. enter through Gate 8 for access to the Naval Academy and follow the traffic routing down to the Columbarium). Gate 8 has been specifically designated to allow all guests into the Academy for the Kennington Memorial Service. In addition, the directions guide traffic in a particular direction for ease of parking along Ramsay Road. For the Memorial Service, parking is available along Blake Road that runs in front of the USNA Chapel, but we recommend, if you are physically able, to walk to the Chapel from the Columbarium, as you may stay parked on Ramsay Road for the two services and the reception (as parking is limited to 25 vehicles on Blake Road).
PDF can be found here.

Photos from Captain Kennington's Memorial Service/Inurnment

William Kennington