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CHARLES F. KENNEDY, CENTRAL PARK NATURALIST
DIED OCT. 20, 2004

Charles F. Kennedy, an amateur naturalist who became tied with Central Park, died of complications from lymphoma on Oct. 20. He was 67.

Mr. Kennedy was featured in "Pale Male," a documentary about a red-tailed hawk that became famous for nesting on the ledge of an apartment building near Central Park. Mr. Kennedy was shown in the film rescuing a baby hawk.

Born in 1937 in Iowa, he moved to Manhattan and worked at an insurance company and later as a children's counselor and jewelry maker. In 1993, he retired and devoted much of his time to watching nature and capturing it in photographs and poetry.

He was a member of the Central Park Conservancy's Woodlands Advisory Board and created the park's butterfly garden. He was also a supporter of the New York City Audubon Society and volunteered at the American Museum of Natural History.

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