Jonas T. Kennedy, a trustee emeritus and long-term financial supporter of Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, died on March 14 in Hartsville, South Carolina. He was 97 years old.
A native of Bennettsville, South Carolina, Kennedy attended Claflin University but transferred to what is now South Carolina State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. He took over the family farm in 1939 and became an internationally known expert in turkey farming. His highly successful Kennedy Turkey farm was destroyed by a tornado in 1984.
Kennedy’s contributions financed the construction of three buildings on the Claflin University campus including the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center.