Last week, we shared a number of accolades for Prep alumni in the legal field, and this week we are happy to report one more: Legend of Prep and former Prep trustee Ken Kunzman, ’54 recently received a lifetime achievement award from the Holy Cross Legal Association.
Ken Kunzmann, ’54 received the prestigious Edward Bennett Williams Lifetime Achievement Award on February 13 as part of the Holy Cross Virtual Winter Homecoming. The award, established in 2020, is given annually to a Holy Cross alumnus/a whose contributions to the legal profession for an extended period of time have been truly exemplary as recognized by peers and/or the general public. The Association recognized Ken had made a positive impact on the administration of justice and demonstrated loyalty to Holy Cross. The Award is given in honor or Edward Bennett Williams Esq., a 1941 graduate of Holy Cross and a graduate of Georgetown U Law School who went on to become the foremost trial attorney of the second half of the 20th Century. The award to Ken followed a unanimous vote by the Board of the Holy Cross Legal Association.
Ken is a member of the Prep class of ’54, the Holy Cross Class of ’58, and the Fordham Law Class of ’61. After serving as a captain in the US Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps, he joined the firm now known as Connell Foley in 1965, and has been a partner in the firm since 1968. For his professional achievements as well as for his service to Prep and to numerous other organizations as a board member, supporter, and adviser, he was inducted as a Legend of Prep in 2001.
Ken’s Prep and Holy Cross classmate, Frank Grather, ’54—who also nominated him for the Edward Bennett Williams award—noted that 13 members of their class at Prep went on to Holy Cross, where all graduated and five went on to practice law: Kunzman, Grather, Tom Walsh, John Miele and the late Herb Keene.