Kenneth Wentworth 1927-2020

Mar 24 2020

From Martha Woods: 

With the heaviest of hearts, I send you the news that my father, Kenneth Wentworth, died Sunday following a major stroke on March 11th. You likely knew him as a sincere and wise man, engaged in the world, who eschewed the concept of retirement and committed himself to our arts management business, which he founded in 1978. We knew him has one of the most kind, generous and loving human beings to walk the planet. His dedication to our artists and mentorship of our staff was unequalled. We honor and carry on his legacy.

Here is the notice that will appear in the New York Times online: 

Kenneth Wentworth, 92, college professor and concert pianist, died on March 22 in Washington, DC. Survived by son David (Betsy Broder) and daughter Martha Woods (Steve) and four adored granddaughters (Ariel and Caroline Wentworth, Catherine and Toby Woods). He was predeceased by his son Jonathan (Gabriel Milanese) and by his wife of 68 years, Jean (Anderson) Wentworth. Immensely warm and generous, he was revered as a teacher and loved by family and colleagues. As a youth he worked on a Maine farm, then joined the Navy during WWII. He studied piano under Irwin Freundlich at the Julliard School, where he met his wife. Together they formed a piano four-hand team that toured world-wide, commissioned new music, and created a distinguished discography of contemporary and classical repertoire. He was a professor at Sarah Lawrence College for forty years, was active in the civil rights movement, was a Fulbright Scholar in India, ran an Upward Bound program, founded the Cooperative College Center of SUNY, and established the concert management firm of Jonathan Wentworth Associates. He and Jean continued to perform together into their 80s and he worked almost full-time until just before his death. Donations in his memory can be sent to either Whitman-Walker Clinic (www.whitman-walker.org) or the Refugee and Immigrant Center For Education and Legal Services (www.raicestexas.org).