James A. Kennedy, chair of the Board of Trustees at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), brought his 97-year old father to campus with him. Standing before a group of students, Kennedy recalled how his father, also named James A. Kennedy, never had the chance to attend college.
“My father's formal education ended in eighth grade,” Kennedy said. “Yet he went on to work at Bell Labs, in both Murray Hill and Holmdel, and was able to hold his own with scientists there. Had my father been able to afford to have gone to a college such as NJIT, in those days known as Newark College of Engineering, God knows what his career could have been.”