Passing of Fulbright alumnus Charles Kennedy

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is saddened to hear the passing of former Liberal Democrat leader and Fulbright Alumnus Charles Kennedy (1982-83). 

Mr Kennedy completed his Fulbright Award at Indiana University, where he completed postgraduate coursework in Speech Communication. Shortly after his return to the UK following his Fulbright exchange, he went on to become the youngest sitting Member of Parliament at the time, aged 23, when he won the Ross, Cromarty, and Skye seat in 1983. He received the Social Democratic Party nomination while studying in America. Kennedy was the Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1999 to 2006 and was a MP from 1983 to 2015. 

Penny Egan, Executive Director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission, in expressing her condolences, said: “I am pleased that we spotted a rising star at such a young age and gave him a Fulbright scholarship, but saddened that we have lost such a significant figure from public life so early.” 

Prime Minister David Cameron expressed his thoughts on Twitter: “I'm deeply saddened by the death of Charles Kennedy. He was a talented politician who has died too young. My thoughts are with his family.”