McKenna, Bernard H., St. Louis, MO, Formerly of St. Charles, Michigan

Bernard H. McKenna died June18, 2012 in St. Louis, MO. He had relocated there in 2008 to be near family. McKenna was born May 23, 1923 in St. Charles, MI the son of Mary (Johnson) and Hugh McKenna. He attended Garfield Elementary School and St. Charles High School. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943 while attending Central Michigan. After serving in combat in France and Germany and in the occupation forces in Japan he returned to teach at Hemlock High School. He subsequently became high school principal and superintendent. During that time he completed a master’s degree at the University of Michigan. In 1951 he left Hemlock to pursue a doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City. After earning a doctorate he joined the faculty as a professor of school administration and Director of the Metropolitan School Study Council. Later accepted the position of Associate Dean at San Francisco State and then joined the Instructional and Professional Division of the National Education Association. He concluded his professional career with the University of Southern California, during which time he was Chief of Party for an educational project in Cameroon, Africa. McKenna retired to Naples, Florida and spent summers in Leelanau County Michigan. He also made lengthy visits to New York City. A private burial was held at Roselawn Cemetery, Saginaw, MI. A gathering in remembrance his life will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at the VFW Hall in Hemlock, the community where he began his long professional career in education. Lunch will be at noon with remarks at approximately 1 p.m.