College Dedicates Room in Honor of Arthur '63 and Jeanne Kenison

August 14, 2019

By Anna Brennan-Curry

On Monday, August 12, 2019, members of the Saint Anselm College community gathered to dedicate Joseph Hall Room 110 as the Arthur ’63 and Jeanne Kenison Room.

“Arthur Kenison and Jeanne Kenison were exemplary faculty and Anselmians,” said Jim Flanagan, Senior Vice President for College Advancement. “The Arthur ’63 and Jeanne Kenison Room symbolizes their dedication to the college and its students.” 

Arthur M. Kenison, professor of economics and business, graduated from Saint Anselm College in 1963 before going on to earn advanced degrees from Columbia University, the University of New Hampshire, and his Ph.D. in economics from Boston University. Jeanne H. Kenison, professor of economics and business, graduated from Mount Saint Mary College and earned a Master ofArts degree and M.B.A. at Rollins College. She went on to receive her doctorate from Vanderbilt University in 1986.

Art taught at Saint Anselm College from 1967 to 1973 and then again from 1980 until his retirement in December of 2011. Jeanne began teaching at Saint Anselm College in 1988 and served as chair of the Department of Economics and Business from 1994 until she retired in May of 2010 with the status of Professor Emerita. Jeanne passed away in January of 2012 and Art passed away in August of 2017. Art and Jeanne were married almost 49 years and proud parents of two Saint Anselm College alumnae, Tracy Kenison-Holt ’86 and Dale Kenison-Barnes ’89.

At Monday’s dedication ceremony, John Romps, Professor Emeritus, shared memories of recruiting both Kenisons to Saint Anselm’s economics and business faculty, and the impact they had on students and the department. Keith Chavalier, college archivist, discussed Art’s passion for the history of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company. Art’s interest in the subject led him to publish two books: Dumaine’s Amoskeag: Let the Record Speak and Frederic C. Dumaine: Office Boy to Tycoon. Various artifacts from Art’s research will be on display in the Kenison Room. 

Tracy Kenison-Holt ’86, thanked Saint Anselm College for honoring her parent’s legacy. She shared her memories of meeting her father for dinner while she was a student as he stayed late to attend Faculty Senate meetings. Father Peter Guerin, O.S.B., blessed the Kenison Room and explained how Jeanne’s connection with students made her an effective and beloved department chair for 16 years.

Art and Jeanne will be remembered for their many contributions to the Saint Anselm College community.

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