Heritage Honor Roll

Every individual, group and business has a story worth telling. A legacy story can be presented in text and through photographs, home movies and other video and audio mediums. It can also be published in multiple languages and include hyperlinks to other Web sites important to the honoree. The Heritage Honor Roll may contain more than one legacy story for an individual or a group—or the legacy story may appear in more than one language—because members have opted to recognize different contributions of the same individual or group or wanted to share the story in their native language.

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About the Heritage Honor Roll

Within the Heritage Honor Roll, individual honorees are listed alphabetically by last name. If included, maiden names appear between parentheses and nicknames appear between quotation marks. Group honorees are listed by the first letter of the group’s name. If the name starts with the word “The,” such as “The Anderson Trio,” it is alphabetized under the letter “T.” If the group is commonly called “Anderson Trio,” it is alphabetized under the letter “A.” The name of the sponsor appears in square brackets following the honoree’s name.

If an exact date of birth or death—or formation or disbandment—is not known, we add “c.” to indicate it is an approximation. If the individual is still alive or the group is still active, we leave the field blank. The honoree’s occupation, field, industry or profession is listed last.

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To enable users to view all legacy stories, we preset the “Language” field to “-Any-.” To view all legacy stories on a specific honoree, add the honoree’s name in the appropriate field—individual or group– and click “Apply.” All legacy stories on that honoree will appear.

To find an individual or a group legacy on our Web site, type /node/ followed by its six-digit identification number as shown here: www.americansall.org/node/553031. The /node/number appears after the honoree’s information.

Last Name of Individual
First Name of Individual
Group Name
Language
State

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones [Ancient Order of Hibernians] (c.1837 - November 30, 1930) Labor Organizer and Orator /node/564833

Few would argue with this feisty little Irish lady for, although she was known as the Miner’s Angel, she was also known as the Mother of All Agitators. Born in Cork City, Ireland, her family fled the Great Hunger to Toronto, Canada, when she was a child. She trained as a teacher and worked briefly as a teacher and as a dressmaker. In 1861, Mary married George Jones, an iron molder and union organizer in Memphis, Tennessee.

Ben Kamm [Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation] (March 21, 1921 - November 8, 2010) Jewish Partisan, World War II /node/564919

Ben Kamm was 18-years-old when the Germans invaded. Life had been good to him until that point. He lived in a comfortable apartment with his parents and four younger brothers. His grandfather owned the building, which also housed his extended family. Ben’s father ran a thriving family meat business but faced constant antisemitism. He and his fellow Jews were taunted constantly. As he put it, “We were abused every single day . . . 

Honorable Edward Moore "Teddy" Kennedy [Courtesy of the JFK Library and Museum] (February 22, 1932 - August 25, 2009) U.S. Senator /node/565032

Edward M. Kennedy, born February 22, 1932, to Joseph Patrick and Rose (Fitzgerald) Kennedy in Boston, MA., was, at his death, the third longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate in American history, having been elected to the Senate nine times. He called health care “the cause of my life,” and succeeded in bringing quality and affordable health care for countless Americans, including children, seniors and Americans with disabilities.

Honorable John Fitzgerald Kennedy [Courtesy of the JFK Library and Museum] (May 29, 1917 - November 22, 1963) War Hero, Member of Congress, President of the U.S. /node/565030

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was named in honor of his mother Rose’s father, John Francis Fitzgerald, the Boston Mayor popularly known as Honey Fitz. Before long, family and friends called this small blue-eyed baby, Jack. He was not a very healthy baby, and Rose recorded on his notecard [which she kept for each child] the childhood diseases from which he suffered, such as: "whooping cough, measles, chicken pox."

Honorable Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy Sr. [Courtesy of the JFK Library and Museum] (September 6, 1888 - November 18, 1969) Entrepreneur and U.S. Ambassador /node/565035

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, on September 6, 1888, Joseph Patrick Kennedy was the son of Mary Hickey and Patrick Joseph Kennedy, an important figure in the Irish community of Boston. Joseph grew up in East Boston and attended Catholic schools until the eighth grade when he was enrolled in Boston Latin School, a college prep academy in the Boston Public School system. Despite an aptitude for mathematics, his academic record was mediocre at best.

Honorable Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy [Courtesy of the JFK Presidential Library and Museum] (November 20, 1925 - June 6, 1968) U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Senator /node/565031

Robert Francis Kennedy was born on November 20, 1925, in Brookline, Massachusetts, the seventh child in the closely knit and competitive family of Rose and Joseph P. Kennedy. "I was the seventh of nine children," he later recalled, "and when you come from that far down you have to struggle to survive."

Honorable John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Presidential Years [Courtesy of the JFK Library and Museum] (May 29, 1917 - November 22, 1963) War Hero, Member of Congress, President of the U.S. /node/565029

John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, often referred to by his initials JFK was an American War hero, served as a Democratic member of the U.S. House and Senate and then elected as the 35th president of the United States, serving from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. He was the author of three books, A Nation of Immigrants, Profiles in Courage and Why England Slept.

Donald "Ducky" Klein [Friends of Don] (January 19, 1958 - August 27, 2015) Massage Therapist /node/553661

Ducky's life spread coast to coast. Born in New York, moved to California to start his adult life, and went back east to be a Dad. 30 years later, after some life-changing events, returned to California to resume and, sadly, end his west coast existence. He touched the heart of everyone along the way. 

Donald Sandor "Duck" Klein [Kelley McNeal] (January 19, 1958 - August 27, 2015) Massage Therapist /node/564832

Don opened my heart in ways words cannot express. This writing will have to serve, or fill the (ducky) bill, as they say . . .

 

Albert "Chew" Kullen [Marilyn Ehrlich] (December 27, 1909 - July 30, 1966) Businessman /node/433997

Albert “Chew” Kullen was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the oldest of four children. His parents, Sam and Mary Kulchinsky, were Jewish immigrants from Russia and, in addition to a rich appreciation for their heritage, they afforded their children a unique distinction.

Albert "Chew" Kullen [Marilyn Ehrlich] (December 27, 1909 - July 30, 1966) געשעפֿטסמאַן /node/434108

אַלבערט "טשו" קולען איז געבױרן געװאָרן אין באַלטימאָר, מערילענד.  ער איז געװען דער עלטסטער פֿון פֿיר קינדער.  די עלטערן, סעם און מערי קולטשיסקי, זענען געװען ייִדישע אימיגראַנטן פֿון רוסלאַנד.  אין צוגאָב צו אַ רײַכער אָפּשאַצונג פֿון זײער ירושה האָבן זײ געשאָנקען די קינדער אַן אױסצײכענונג װאָס איז יחיד־בנימו.  כאָטש 

Allan S. Kullen [Kullen Family] (February 20, 1942 - ?) Businessman and Social Entrepreneur /node/553341

“Her name is Ester Baumgartner. She’s a pretty Swiss girl who sings beautifully, and I think she lives near here. Do you know her?” Allan Kullen had posed the question over and over in a broken mixture of Hebrew and English to whoever would listen and could understand him.