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Former National Park Service Director Roger Kennedy, 1926-2011

Oct 3, 2011 @ 1:47 PM

We're said to report the passing last week of Roger Kennedy at the age of 85. Kennedy was the former director of the National Park Service and, before that, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

You can watch a video of his 2007 appearance at The Commonwealth Club at He talked about "The Politics of Disaster," discussing the ways the United States handles (and mishandles) emergencies.