Dr. Dan Fenn, Jr. has had a long career as a public servant, first in the Army Air Corps in World War II, and then as a member of the White House Staff for President Kennedy, vice chairman of the U.S. Tariff Commission, and Founding Director of the Kennedy Library and Museum. He is being recognized today not for his formal public service career but for what he has done since his “retirement” sixteen year ago. Dr. Fenn was a founding member and chair of the Advisory Board of the Lexington, Massachusetts Education, and has helped raise more than $4 million as vice-president of the Cary Memorial Library Foundation Board of Directors. He has also served for more than 40 years as an elected member off the Lexington Town Meeting, for two terms in the 1990s on the Board of Selectmen, and as a member of numerous boards, such as the Lexington Council on Aging and the Old South Meeting House in Boston-which is the Boston Tea Party Church.
Dr. Fenn has focused on developing current and future government leaders by teaching more than 200 sessions at institutions such as the Kennedy School of Government, Baruch College, American University, the Federal Executive Institute, and the South Carolina Executive Institute. He served as a senior associate with the John W. McCormack Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts at Boston for twelve years after “retirement,” and has mentored many local government leaders and civic volunteers.
As one of those who supported his nomination said, “Dan cares only about service and giving. He is a valued friend and model public servant. He deserves special recognition for more than 50 years of unselfish service to his country and to his local community.