Kennard McNichols

Kennard graduated from Westmont College, Santa Barbara, in 1970 and received an MD from UCLA School Medicine in 1974. He served as a medical officer in the US Navy from 1974 to 1979, and practiced Family Medicine in Bellingham, Washington for 21 years, during which he cared for elderly nursing home patients, assisted in surgeries, delivered over 300 babies, and served a year as chairman of Family Medicine Department. He currently lives with his wife in Seattle, and practices Urgent Care Medicine at Valley Medical Center in Renton, Washington. He has always been an enthusiastic musician, performing in community chorale for over 20 years, serving as organist, choir director, composer and arranger in various churches for over 35 years, and continues in keyboard music and saxophone for University Presbyterian Church in Seattle. While at Downey High, he recalls being amazed at the musical talents of classmate Richard Carpenter [1964], and performing in a 6-piece band with classmate Karen Carpenter [1967], which included a Viking Varieties appearance in 1966. The sign read:  “Ensenada Brass:  Weddings, picnics, also lawns mowed.”