Lawrence W. Kennedy, Ph.D.



This award honors the special efforts of faculty who strive for, and have attained, distinction in scholarship and creative activity.  Dr. Lawrence Kennedy is this years awardee.

Dr. Kennedy joined the University in 1992, after receiving his doctorate and teaching as a lecturer at Boston College.  His publications include books on the history of Boston published by the University of Massachusetts Press and  Harvard University Press.  His most recent book, Bricklayer Bill: The Untold Story of the Workingman's Boston Marathon, brings the history of America's most famouse race, the Boston Marathon, to both scholarly and popular audiences, highlighting the victory of "Bricklayer Bill" Kennedy just two weeks after the United States entered World War I, particularly as this triumph demonstrated the competitive spirt and the working-class ethic of the emerging culture of modern distance running.  Bricklayer Bill received a great deal of attention in the popular media - including interviews with The New yrok Times and National Public Radio - and in the world of distance running. 

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