Assembly Member Katcho Achadjian (33rd Assembly District, San Luis Obispo) honored late Cal Poly President Robert E. Kennedy at a ceremony held at the home of Mary Kennedy on Nov. 5.
Achadjian presented Mary Kennedy with a ceremonial copy of a proclamation by the state, honoring Robert Kennedy on the occasion of the April 2011 event celebrating the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Robert E. Kennedy Library at Cal Poly.
The proclamation recognized Kennedy’s achievements and contributions to the state and his community, as an educator, advocate and a leader who guided Cal Poly from 1940 to 1979. As the institution’s seventh president, he oversaw a period of significant, concentrated growth, when enrollment doubled in size and the campus became recognized as a university.
As a Cal Poly graduate with a degree in Business Administration, Achadjian knew the Kennedy family as a student, when he first came to California from Lebanon to complete his education.
Speaking to Mary Kennedy and the couple’s daughter, Maridel Salisbury, Achadjian described the impact Robert Kennedy and his family had on him as a young student immigrant. “I will never forget the warm welcome and hospitality that President Kennedy extended to me and other foreign students. His friendship and guidance left a lasting impact on me. His legacy of generosity and leadership will forever serve as an example to students, faculty and administrators at the university.”
University Librarian Anna Gold also attended the presentation to share congratulations and thanks from the Kennedy Library and Cal Poly.