Our friend and colleague, F. Kennon Moody, died on April 11, at his home. Ken was 86, and living at The Fountains in Millbrook, New York. He is survived by his son David, his daughter-in-law Eileen Guilfoyle and their two children, Sophie and Gus, as well as by his daughter Laura Hoskins, her husband Dan, and their two children Min Ho and Madeleine. His wife of sixty years, Mary Law Moody, died March 28, 2019.
Ken was involved in education, social justice work, religion and history his entire adult life. He received his Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and taught for a while as a history professor at Dutchess Community College. He received his Ph.D. in American History from SUNY Albany, where he wrote his dissertation on Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Ken worked as a professional Roosevelt researcher and contributed to more than a dozen books, a PBS special, and ultimately authored his own book, FDR and his Hudson Valley Neighbors. Throughout his life, Ken was devoted to community service. A memorial service will be scheduled once gathering restrictions are lifted. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dutchess Interfaith CROP Hunger Walk, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.
Ken was instrumental in the formation and success of the Mid-Hudson Valley Antislavery History Project.