Barinaga, Marcia. "The Rise and Fall of Donald Kennedy," Science 253 (9 August 1991, p.
Here is what be termed a "professional obituary" on Donald Kennedy. It is a statement of his past
successes and a recognition of his resignation as president of Stanford. There is the suggestion
here that Kennedy was the victim of a tragic flaw: he went after "full recovery" from government
as a matter of principle. And he drove his underlings to find more and more costs. His underlings
could not say no as "He is a tough person to say no to..."
"Few at Stanford believe Kennedy guilty of illegal activity; most fault him for bad judgment in
clinging to the position that Stanford was right to collect every penny allowable. And Kennedy
agrees that he ‘could have adopted a better strategy in Dingell's hearings.'
"But will Kennedy's fall make him change his outspoken ways? Unlikely. ‘The principle [of full
cost recovery] is still perfectly robust,' he says. ‘There is no reason in the world that I should be
embarrassed into silence about it.'"
He is praised for raising 1.1 billion for the university's 100th year. He is an advocate of improved
undergraduate education and he has improved the arts and humanities programs at the university.
He wanted to "...make Stanford the best university in the world, in every area."