Bruce Kennedy
(1938-2007)
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1938
Born in Denver, Colorado, on October 11, 1938.
 
1959
Bruce returned to Alaska and enrolled at the University of Alaska and also in ROTC while still working for the struggling Northern Alaska Development Corporation (NADCO).  Picture is of principle NADCO employees: Ronald Cosgrave, Bruce Kennedy, and Walter Baldwin.
 
1963
Bruce graduated from University of Alaska and began working full-time with NADCO while also fulfilling his two-year obligation as a lieutenant in the 4th of the 9th Artillery Battalion at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
 
1965
Bruce married Karleen Isaacson in Roseville, California on November 21, 1965.
 
1968
Son, Kevin, was born.
 
1971
Daughter, Karin, was born.
 
1972
NADCO took over the then tiny Alaska Airlines in order to save the airline.
 
1973
Bruce, Karleen, Kevin and Karin moved from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Burien, Washington, to their present home.
 
1975
The first refugees from Vietnam arrived, and the Kennedy's began a labor of love that continues to the present of welcoming refugees into their home, their hearts, and their community.
 
1979
Bruce became President, Chariman and CEO of Alaska Air Group, Inc.
 
1991
Bruce voluntarily stepped down from top post at Alaska Airlines in order to pursue other interests, calling it his "LSC" (Life Style Change), not retirement.
 
1998
Bruce received honorary doctorate from University of Alaska, his alma mater, in May 1998. 
 
2001
Bruce became Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Quest Aircraft, the company developing the brand new KODIAK airplane.
 
2006
Bruce received the Pathfinder Award from the Seattle Museum of Flight in recognition of a professional life dedicated to aviation.
 
2007
Passed away on June 28, 2007 at the age of 68.
 
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