Thursday, May 14, 2009

A full life as viewed through a newspaper obituary: Michael Keniston

I posted an earlier note on the passing of Michael Keniston (see earlier post here) the popular music teacher who won over students and friends with the strength of his personality. (he's the second from right in the picture) Now I see his obituary in The Californian, which reveals a life well lived and reflects the energy and enthusiasm for which he was known. Funny how much we can learn of folks after they are gone, and it's no wonder that the obituary page consistently comes up as one of the most well-read pages in any newspaper in the nation. Keniston worked for the Bakersfield City School District and, according to the obit, taught most recently at Voorhies, Wayside and McKinley Elementary schools. He graduated from Cal State Fullerton and seemed drawn to drama and risks. He was a skydiver and apparently a bungee jumper as well, not to mention an accomplished dancer and actor at the Melodrama. His death is a loss not only for his family and friends, but for our community as well. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church on 17th Street this Saturday at 10 a.m. A reception will follow at Westminster Hall. Graveside services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In addition to the schools where he taught music, he was also one of the conductors for the city elementary honor orchestra and was known by children from other schools as well. He will be missed.