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Kathleen Agnes Kennedy 1
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Kick 1
20 Feb 1920 1
Brookline, Massachusetts, United States 1
Female 1
13 May 1948 1
Saint-Bauzile, Ardèche, France 1
Cause: Airplane Crash 1
Burial Place: Saint Peter's Church in Edensor, England 1
Mother: Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald Kennedy 1
Father: Joseph P Kennedy Sr 1
William John Robert Cavendish Marquess of Hartington 1
06 May 1944 1
London England 1
Spouse Death Date: 09 Sep 1944 1
Catholic 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Irish 1

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Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy was born on February 20, 1920 in Brookline, Massachusetts, the second daughter and fourth child of Joseph and Rose Kennedy. She moved with her family to Bronxville, NY in 1927 and attended the private Riverdale Country School. After graduating from Riverdale, she went to the Noroton Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Connecticut and spent a year abroad studying at the Holy Child Convent in Neuilly, France. 

Shortly after finishing school, Kathleen Kennedy sailed to England with her family when her father was appointed Ambassador to Great Britain in 1938. There she made her formal entrance as a debutante on May 12, 1938. During her time in England she worked on various committees for social events. 

Kathleen Kennedy returned to the United States with her mother and siblings in the fall of 1939 after Great Britain declared war. She briefly attended the Finch School in New York and later Florida Commercial College. 

While in college Kathleen Kennedy began volunteering for the Red Cross in New York in the summer of 1940. She planned benefit luncheons and fashion shows for the Allied Relief Fund to aid British seamen disabled in the war. 

Kathleen Kennedy decided to leave school in 1941 to begin working for the Times-Herald newspaper in Washington, D.C. She was a research assistant to Frank Waldrop, the Executive Editor of the newspaper. She also assisted with reporter Inga Arvad’s column “Did You Happen to See…,” which profiled government officials. Kathleen was eventually promoted to reviewing plays and movies in her own bylined column and took over Ms. Arvad’s column when she left the newspaper. 

After her experience at the Times-Herald, Kathleen Kennedy decided to rejoin the war effort by volunteering again for the Red Cross, this time in London. She attended special Red Cross courses at American University and then sailed for London on June 25, 1943. Her official position was the Program Assistant at Hans Crescent, a club in London that offered food, supplies and accommodations for officers. 

On May 6, 1944, Kathleen Kennedy married William “Billy” Cavendish, the Marquess of Hartington, whom she had met during her first trip to England in 1938. Billy, Lord Hartington, a member of the British army, was called up on June 13, four weeks after their wedding. He was killed in combat on September 10, 1944. 

Kathleen Kennedy, Lady Hartington remained in England after the death of her husband. She had resigned her position at Hans Crescent a few days before her wedding, but returned as a Red Cross volunteer for a short period in the fall of 1944 at the Charles Street Club. After the end of the war, she briefly traveled back to the United States to visit her family, but returned to London to live there permanently. 

Lady Hartington died on May 13, 1948 in a plane crash in France. She is buried on the Cavendish family burial grounds, in the Church at Edensor outside of Chatsworth, England. 

In October 1957, her parents and siblings dedicated a new physical education building in her honor at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. 



  Kathleen Agnes "Kick" Kennedy (February 20, 1920 – May 13, 1948), was the fourth child and second daughter of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. andRose Kennedy. She was a sister of future U.S. President John F. Kennedy and widow of the heir apparent to the Dukedom of Devonshire.

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. ambassador to the United Kingdom, Kick spent a year and a half living inLondon. She was educated in London at Queen's College.

Kathleen later worked at Cissy Patterson's newspaper, the Washington Times-Herald, in 1940, writing a column titled, "Did you happen to see ..... ?".[1] In 1943, she returned to England to work in a center for servicemen set up by the Red Cross. Despite the opposition of her Catholic mother, she married William Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington, an Anglican and the eldest son and heir apparent of the 10th Duke of Devonshire, on May 6, 1944. Her eldest brother, Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., was the only member of the Kennedy family to attend the ceremony. Four months after their marriage, her husband was killed in action while serving in World War II. Her husband's younger brother Lord Andrew Cavendish, married to Deborah Mitford of the famous Mitford sisters, thus became the heir apparent to the dukedom.

  Popular on the London social circuit and admired by many for her high spirits, Kathleen eventually became romantically involved with Peter Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 8th Earl Fitzwilliam.[2] The couple planned to wed after Lord Fitzwilliam's divorce; however, while on a trip to the south of France, both were killed as the result of an airplane crash in Saint-Bauzile, ArdècheFrance.

Only Kick's father represented the family at her funeral. Rose did not attend and, allegedly, discouraged her daughter's siblings from attending as well. She was later quoted as saying her daughter's death was "God casting a finger."

Kick is buried in the Cavendish family plot at Saint Peter's Church in EdensorEngland, near Chatsworth in Derbyshire. The gymnasium atManhattanville College is named in her honor. Her brother John F. Kennedy visited the grave shortly before his own death in 1963. Robert F. Kennedynamed his eldest daughter in honor of her

The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) 14 May 1948, Fri • Page 1

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