Jack Kennedy quickly established himself as the premier tennis player in the Skyline Conference, winning the singles championship in 1957 and '58. He was undefeated in collegiate play in 1957, a rare feat indeed. The pinnacle of recognition was bestowed to Kennedy in 1958 when he became the Lobos first All-American in the sport of tennis.
Upon completing his degree in Biology from UNM, Kennedy entered Baylor Dental School where he graduated with honors. After dental school, he entered the Air Force and served his country as an officer.
Dr. Kennedy returned to Albuquerque to start a dental practice that would last 31 years. He gained national prominence through his writing and involvement with the profession. He was a contributing editor to Dental Economics magazine. Additionally, Kennedy continued to excel in tennis, having been crowned the U.S. Dental champion in 1968 and '69.
Kennedy became a teaching pro in Palm Springs, Calif., as well as mentoring a few students in Albuquerque. He continued to compete on the Senior Circuit as well as making an annual trek riding bicycles throughout France's Loire Valley with his wife, Susan.
"Every time I hear people disparage college athletics, I think about the positive influence UNM has had on me and many of my fellow athletes," Kennedy said of his induction.