G James Kenney, MD

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Dec 14, 2014


G. James Kenney, M.D. George James "Jim" Kenney Jr., a retired radiologist and accomplished photographer, died unexpectedly on Sunday, December 14 at his home in the Rosedale area of Gig Harbor. He was 79 years old and a lifelong resident of the area. Jim was born on July 9, 1935 in Tacoma to George J. Kenney, Sr. - himself a Tacoma native, and operator of an independent milk route - and Marion Elizabeth Andersen Kenney, the daughter of Danish immigrants on Anderson Island, WA. In the 1930s, Jim's father bought property on Wollochet Bay, near Point Fosdick. In his early years, Jim's family lived on South Fife Street in Tacoma and he attended Franklin Elementary and Jason Lee Middle School; they later moved year-round to their "beach cabin" and Jim graduated from Peninsula High School in 1953. Jim went on to the University of Washington, receiving a bachelor's in zoology, and to the UW School of Medicine, from which he graduated in 1961. He completed an internship and radiology residency at Providence Hospital in Seattle and was chief resident at King County Hospital (now Harborview Medical Center). In 1966, Jim was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served one year in Vietnam and another at Madigan Army Medical Center, Ft. Lewis, WA. After leaving the army, Jim joined Tacoma Radiological Associates (now TRA) and practiced medicine for another 23 years, spending much of his time at Tacoma General Hospital. In retirement, Jim turned a lifelong interest in photography into a passion for capturing images of wildlife, especially birds. He created spectacular pictures and travelled extensively, visiting most countries in South America and photographing every species of New World heron. Along the way, Jim made many friends, ranging from Venezuelan guides in Los Llanos, the rugged tropical grassland that he visited multiple times, to fellow members of his photo club and other regulars at Kimball Espresso Cafe in Gig Harbor. Jim shared his images via slide shows for local Audubon Society chapters and other organizations. His beautiful pictures grace the homes of many relatives and friends, and are displayed throughout the TRA imaging center on South Cedar Street in Tacoma. Among Jim's personal characteristics, people mention his often-irreverent sense of humor, and the enthusiasm he showed for the task at hand, whether it was reviewing case films with a fellow doctor, planning a trip to Panama, or Christmas shopping for his children and grandchildren. Jim was an avid reader, particularly of non-fiction, and was devoted to his family. Mary Adele Scott Kenney, Jim's wife of more than 50 years, passed away last March. Jim is survived by sons James S. Kenney M.D. (Lori) of Plattsburgh, NY and Ted A. Kenney (Yim) of Tacoma; and grandchildren Olivia, George, Lena and Karen. Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Craig L. Kenney, and sister, Lois A. Rhoads. A memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 27th at Haven of Rest Funeral Home and Memorial Park in Gig Harbor. Remembrances can be made to the Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank, or to the


Source: The News Tribune, 12.24.14