Minnesota native, national parks chief, Smithsonian director, dies at 85

Roger Kennedy, who rose from his family's St. Paul sporting goods store to head the National Park Service under President Bill Clinton, died at 82. Kennedy developed a love for the outdoors in Minnesota, guiding canoe trips. He also later became a studied preservationist, directing the American history section of the Smithsonian Institution. He once ran for Congress against Eugene McCarthy.
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Roger Kennedy, who rose from his family's St. Paul sporting goods store to head the National Park Service under President Bill Clinton, died at 82. Kennedy developed a love for the outdoors in Minnesota, guiding canoe trips. He also later became a studied preservationist, directing the American history section of the Smithsonian Institution. He once ran for Congress against Eugene McCarthy.

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