RAVENNA — Kenneth Earl Cardinal, long time Kent, Ohio, resident and more recently of Stow, Ohio, died on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Robinson Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family, just two days shy of his 86th birthday.
He was born on March 10, 1928, in Sebring, Ohio, to George and Clara (Barcus) Cardinal. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees at Kent State University. While at Kent State, he was president of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity in 1950 and 1951.
After completing his Bachelors degree in 1951, he served in the U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean Conflict and spent nine years in the Army Reserves. During his Korean duty, he was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star and three battle stars.
He started his teaching career in the Edgewood (Buckeye) District in Ashtabula (Ohio). Roles in the Buckeye District included teaching both elementary and secondary levels. He also served as a football coach, athletic director, assistant principal and high school principal. His administrative career continued as he moved to the Kent City School district in 1966 as Assistant Superintendent.
In June 1977, he became Superintendent and retired from that position on Jan. 1, 1981. His strong interest in personnel selection led to a second career as a consultant, working throughout the United States and Canada. In January 1983, he founded Ken Cardinal and Associates, serving educators from schools in thirty-four states and three Canadian provinces. After two years of active duty in the military, twenty-nine years in education, and thirty years as a consultant, Ken did his last workshop in July 2013.
He received the Phi Delta Kappa award in 1977 for outstanding leadership in education and in 2001 the Kent State University College of Education Alumni Council presented him with the Distinguished Alumnus award for outstanding accomplishment and leadership. In addition, he was selected as a distinguished alumnus by Sebring McKinley High School and was inducted into the Kent City Schools Hall of Fame for his contribution to the Kent Schools and his major contribution through personnel selection practices.