Physician. Born– July 4, 1920, Guntersville, Ala. Parents– Charles Brents and Birdie (Hooper) Kennamer. Moved to Montgomery in 1931, when his father became federal judge for the Middle District of Alabama. Education– University of Alabama, B.A., 1942; Jefferson Medical College, M.D., 1945; interned at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Fla., 1945-1946. U.S. Army Medical Corps, 1947-1949; Residency, U.S. Veterans Hospital, McKinney, Tex., 1947-1950; fellowship in cardiology at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital and UCLA Medical School; practiced in Beverly Hills, Calif., 1954-2008. Treated many celebrity patients; known as the “doctor to the stars.” Published more than 50 articles and presented over 25 papers before 1979. Fellow; American College of Cardiology; American College of Chest Physicians, and other medical associations. Founder and President of the Western Cardiac Foundation. The Foundation set up the S. Rexford Kennamer Endowed Lectureship in Internal Medicine in Montgomery, bringing professional speakers to address doctors and medical students. The Albert B. Parvin Foundation established the Kennamer Fellows Program in Internal Medicine at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Centers in his honor. Died September 28, 2013.
SCRIPSIT; Biographical Directory of the American College of Physicians; obituary, Montgomery Advertiser, October 3, 2013.
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