Alexander S. “Sandy” Kennedy



NORTHEAST HARBOR and New York City

Sandy Kennedy was born in New York City on Dec. 12, 1940, and died on Aug. 7, 2020. He was the youngest son of Moorhead and Anna Kennedy, and brother to Mike, Maisie and Peggy. A graduate of Buckley and Groton schools and Princeton University, Sandy obtained an MBA at Wharton. Provided an identity by the circumstances of his birth, Sandy, instead, enjoyed the journey of his life as it unfolded down many paths.

From a young age, the theater was an influential part of Sandy’s life. He attended the King-Coit School and Children’s Theater, and went on to play the role of Anna Leonowens’ son, Louis, in the original Broadway production of “The King & I.” His gift for the stage followed him through school to Princeton, where his quiet charm and gifts for acting, song and dance shone as president of the Triangle Club.

Summers were spent in Northeast Harbor, where a love of the water and the outdoors was born and stayed with him throughout his life. Remembered fondly as a sailing instructor at the Northeast Harbor Fleet, Sandy went on to win numerous regattas at the helm of his Luders, Bat. Later on, whether in Sunfish or International One Designs, his time on the water gave him great joy.

After serving on active duty for the U.S. Navy and following business school, he began a career as an international banker with the Morgan Guaranty Trust Co., which took him and his family to Milan. In his time there, not only did he help establish the bank’s branch office, but he also shared the joys of roller skating through the city’s marble arcades with his family, as a Sunday morning ritual, to the amazement (and eventual participation) of the local population.

The return from Milan saw Sandy battle alcoholism and begin a lifelong recovery process. His profound gratitude for the support he received remained strongly etched in him, and, among other things, motivated his certification and work as a substance abuse counselor at the Freedom Institute for many years after.

In retirement, Sandy pursued his passions. He was an enthusiastic cyclist. He traveled in Asia and the Caribbean. He continued to thrive on his love for the theater with the Blue Hill Troupe, where he joined as a backstager and eventually moved to frontstage, and shone wherever he was, including as president in 2002. He became an adventurous practitioner of a variety of disciplines of yoga and meditation, and perfected a headstand that elicited the awe of many. From 2008-2018, he served on the board of the Rock Lodge Club, where he would arrive, top down, in Willie (his VW Cabrio) with Rina (his cat). He was membership chairman for seven years, where his commitment to diversity and kindness not only were reflected in the wholehearted welcome with which he greeted prospective members, but also in how he trained staff to give tours with him, and in getting new members acclimated. His time sailing and swimming on the lake, the talent show and his commitment to sharing his love for the club will be fondly remembered.

Sandy spent most of his life in New York City and Northeast Harbor, and he loved them both. He is survived by his son, Tom, and daughter, Anna, who will miss him dearly, and he will be remembered with great love by all those whose lives he touched on the many paths of his journey.