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THE WASHINGTON POST, AUGUST 17, 1987

The Kennedy children have been rapidly marrying over the past couple of years. On Saturday, Christopher Kennedy, son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, was married in Winnetka, Ill., to his former college classmate, law student Sheila Berner. The couple was married in Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in the wealthy North Shore Chicago suburb. It was the bride's childhood church.

Several members of the groom's family, including his mother Ethel Kennedy and his uncle Sen. Edward Kennedy, and cousins Ted Kennedy Jr., Rep. Joseph Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, attended the service. Christopher, 24, is the eighth of Robert and Ethel Kennedy's 11 children.

Both newlyweds attended Boston College, from which Berner, 24, graduated in 1985 and Kennedy one year later. Berner attends Northwestern University Law School and the young Kennedy works in the planning division at the Kennedy family's Merchandise Mart in Chicago.


THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, AUGUST 17, 1987

It was the groom's family that drew the neck-craners to another weekend wedding, this at a Winnetka, Ill., Catholic church. Christopher Kennedy, 24, son of Robert F. Kennedy married Sheila Berner, a Northwestern University law student, who was a classmate at Boston University. Although the glitziest Kennedys -- his aunt, former first lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis and cousin Maria Shriver and her spouse, Arnold Schwarzenegger -- were no-shows, there were crowd pleasers such as Sen. Ted Kennedy (who rated applause) and cousins Ted Jr. and Caroline.


KENNEDY WEDDING BELLS RING OUT; SENATOR'S DAUGHTER MARRIES ARCHITECT
BOSTON GLOBE, September 9, 1990

CENTERVILLE -- On a crisp, clear autumn afternoon, in a small, weathered church nestled in a pine grove on Cape Cod, Kara Kennedy, the only daughter of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, was married yesterday to Michael Allen, a Washington architect.

It was an event of joy tinged with nostalgia. Facing her groom, the bride promised in her vows to love and honor him. The word "obey" was not used.

She plans to use the name Kara Kennedy Allen. The ceremony was enlivened by the music of Roxbury's Twelfth Baptist Church Singers, whose rendition of "Oh Happy Day" had the wedding party and the congregation clapping along and swaying. The bride and groom held hands and swayed, too, and laughed and whispered to each other.

When the bride and groom were pronounced husband and wife, the congregation broke into applause, and after Kara was kissed by her new husband, she was also kissed on both cheeks by the concelebrants, Rev. William O'Neill, a friend of the Allen family, and Rev. James English, a friend of the
Kennedy family from whom Kara received her first communion.

The only somber note came when Timothy Noble, a family friend, led the congregation in prayers for peace in the Mideast, for those held against their will and for those who are ill or have died, most especially for President John Kennedy, Sen. Robert Kennedy, Max Greathouse Allen, father of the groom, and Stephen Smith, the bride's late uncle.

The bride, 30, who often dressed in jeans and oversized shirt while working as a producer for WBZ-TV's "Evening Magazine," wore a white gown by Priscilla of Boston, who also designed gowns for the 14 bridesmaids.

The bride's dress was fashioned of ivory American silk. The front of the bodice had a V-shaped neckline appliqued with 16th-century English and rosepoint duchess lace. The back was also V-shaped and of matching length. Afternoon-length sleeves were worn below the elbow, with a pointed rosepoint- lace edge and small buttons. The bride wore a matching shoulder-length mantilla edged with antique lace.

Sailing being a popular diversion among the Kennedys, the wedding had a nautical flair. Sen. Kennedy had arranged for the family's three sailboats to be festooned with nautical flags that spelled out Kara and Michael. The wedding cake of white chocolate, baked by Neil Connolly of Sandwich, featured a replica of one of the boats with rigging made of spun sugar.

The Kennedys, as usual, attracted a crowd, which was kept behind ropes in front of Our Lady of Victory Church. The Kennedy watchers, estimated at 400, were not as numerous as those who descended on this small church in the summer of 1986 for the wedding of Kara's cousin, Caroline Kennedy; nor did the guest list include as many notables as the wedding that spring of another cousin, Maria Shriver, to actor and bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The press was excluded from both the church and the reception afterward at the Kennedy compound. Information about the festivities was delivered to the press in a series of fact sheets and by oral reports from Melody Miller, press representative for Sen. Kennedy.

As limousines pulled to the front of the church, the crowd cheered members of the family, such as Lee Radziwill, Ethel Kennedy, Eunice Shriver and Jacqueline Onassis, who was dressed in a yellow suit and who arrived with her daughter, Caroline, and her son, John, whose handsome features have made him something of a celebrity.

Guests climbed the four steps past potted impatiens, greeted Father English, and entered the church. The bride arrived 15 minutes late, and Father English, in ecclesiastical robes, jogged from the front door around to the back to begin the service.

Among the senator's longtime friends in attendance were former California Sen. John Tunney, former Iowa Sen. John Culver, Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd, and Harvard classmates Claude Hooter and Timothy Hannier.

Standing at the entrance to the church, waiting for the walk down the aisle, a suntanned Sen. Kennedy stroked his daughter's back reassuringly. When she emerged later with her husband, she smiled shyly, while Michael raised his hand in celebration, then hugged and kissed her as the crowd cheered. The bride's parents, who are divorced, sat together during the service.

After the service, Sen. Kennedy took his former wife Joan's arm as they walked to a limousine that whisked them back to the Kennedy compound for the reception under a great tent on the lawn where the Kennedys play touch football.

Upon arriving at the compound, Kara and Michael went to visit her grandmother, Rose, 100, who has been confined to a wheelchair since suffering a stroke.

The groom, 32, who has degrees in architecture from Rhode Island School of Design, is a principal in a partnership developing housing in downtown Washington, and is helping to restore a 1.2-million-square-foot Beaux Arts building on Capitol Hill.

The wedding capped several days of partying. On Thursday, Joan Kennedy gave a barbecue for the Allen family at the Kennedy home on Squaw Island that was attended by the wedding party and 60 friends. Also that day, Sen. Kennedy took Kara and her maid of honor sailing. Following a rehearsal at the church on Friday night, the wedding party and the immediate family dined at the Wianno Club.

"In the last year, I've been so happy to watch my daughter falling in love with a wonderful man," said Joan Kennedy in a handwritten statement distributed to the press. "She has just become radiant and working together on all of the preparations for Kara's and Michael's wedding, I've been thrilled to see her joy and commitment."


WHEN A KENNEDY WEDS, NO DETAIL'S TOO DULL
BOSTON GLOBE, September 10, 1990

At the Kennedy estate at Hyannisport, a great white tent with green trimming had been set up where the Kennedys play touch football on the grass overlooking the harbor, and at twilight on Saturday, at the reception following the wedding of Kara Kennedy and Michael Allen, when the toasts had been offered, the bride and groom went to the floor for their first dance as man and wife.

After they had swirled the floor, Sen. Edward Kennedy cut in on his new son-in-law to dance with his daughter. People cheered, cameras flashed. Michael went to a table and requested a dance with Kara's mother, Joan Kennedy. A moment later, Teddy Jr. walked to the floor and cut in on Michael to dance with his mother, Joan. His father, the senator, was twirling Kara, when his other son, Patrick, cut in on his father to dance with his sister, and Michael sought out his mother to dance, while the senator escorted Bobby Kennedy's wife, Ethel, to the dance floor, after which the ushers and bridesmaids all began dancing, too.

If that sounds like any other wedding, well, in many ways, it was, except that because the Kennedys are the most famous family in America, and among the wealthiest, and because we can never forget that John and Bobby were killed and because Jackie is elusive and John glamorous and because the 29 grandchildren of Rose Kennedy may establish a dynasty unmatched in American history, well, we want to know everything it is possible to know about the Kennedys, however arcane.

At Our Lady of Victory, the little church in the pine grove in Centerville, about 400 people had gathered, many with cameras, beach chairs, lunches and a lot of Kennedy lore. They were confined behind a rope 50 feet from the church. The press, barred from the ceremony and reception, was herded into an area in front of the crowd, and while the press squinted to identify celebrities and scribble what they wore and speculated on whose face had been lifted, Sen. Kennedy's vivacious press aide, Melody Miller, distributed fact sheets and tossed sorts of information.

"That's young Stephen Smith shaking hands with Joey Gargan," she said. ''And the woman shaking hands with the pastor, that's Ethel Kennedy, and there's Andrew Cuomo," she said, lifting her own camera to her eye. "With Ethel is her daughter Katherine and her husband, David Townsend, and that's Rory -- she's the youngest daughter of Robert Kennedy, the one who was born after his death. She's at Brown now, and there's young Bobby and Michael and that's Max, waving, and Vickie Lawford with her husband, who's the son of Frank Gifford, and the woman on crutches, that's Ena Bernard. She's been a governess with the Kennedys for 30 years."

Having worked for the Kennedy family herself for 26 years, for Jacqueline and Robert before Ted, Melody can recite details relevant and otherwise about not only Rose's generation, but about her children and their children and their children.

"It's interesting to note," Melody said, "that there are more law degrees among the 14 bridesmaids than among the 14 ushers." Someone asked about Kennedy boats. "Well, the Mya is the senator's boat, and the Glide is Teddy Junior's and the Victura is the family boat, and many of the Kennedys arrived for the rehearsal Friday with hair still wet after sailing and a shower."

The crowd oohed at the ring bearers, and ahhed to see 14 bridesmaids emerging from limos and the sight of handsome John made some women sigh, others scream. Teddy arrived with Kara and climbed four steps to the entrance to await a signal to walk down the aisle. "Notice," said Melody, "that the senator is rubbing his daughter's back in a gesture of fatherly encouragement."

Later, as promised, Melody called reporters one by one from the compound to provide details. "In his toast, Sen. Kennedy said that Kara was born in February 1960 during the presidential primary in New Hampshire, and that he always thought of her as the New Frontier."

In answer to questions, she said that although Ted and Joan had sat together at the church, they sat apart at the reception, Ted with their sons, and Joan with her sister and the priest who had married Kara. "But the senator had put his arm around Joan's shoulders several times and held her arm while photographs were taken," she said. In feeding one another cake, she was asked, did the bride and groom push it into one another's mouth. "Well, they were playful," she said, "but remember, these people are in their 30s. They're beyond that."


WEDDING: AMERICA'S UNOFFICIAL FIRST CLAN GATHERS TO CELEBRATE AS TED KENNEDY'S DAUGHTER, KARA, MARRIES A SAILOR
PEOPLE, September 24, 1990

It was a familiar first for the senior Senator from Massachusetts. Three times, standing in for his late brothers John and Robert at the weddings of nieces Caroline, Kathleen and Courtney, Edward Kennedy has given away the bride. This time he handed over his own and only -- daughter, Kara, 30, to Michael Allen, 33, an architect in Washington, D.C.

The Sept. 8 ceremony took place on a cool, clear Saturday at Our Lady of Victory Church in Centerville, Mass., near the Kennedy family compound in Hyannisport. Kara, until recently a producer for Evening Magazine, a Boston TV news show, wore a traditional ivory dress with a short veil and had 14 bridesmaids.

Credentials-wise, her groom sounds primed for those salty summers ahead on Cape Cod. A native of Jamestown, R.I., Allen sailed in the yacht Tatoosh with the U.S. team when it won the 1980 Sardinia Cup and is a founding director of the Museum of Yachting in Newport, R.I.

The 350-plus guests included Kara's mom, Joan; New York Gov. Mario Cuomo (whose son Andrew married Kerry Kennedy last spring); aunt Jackie Onassis; and cousin Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg. John Kennedy Jr. brought his steady, actress Cristina Haage, but, spying photographers, slipped away from her to stand by his mom another Kennedy tradition.


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, OCTOBER 9, 1990

Victoria Anne Strauss, a student at the University of Virginia Law School, will marry fellow student Matthew Maxwell Taylor Kennedy, son of the late Robert Kennedy.

A wedding announcement was distributed Tuesday by the office of the groom's uncle, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass.

Miss Strauss is the daughter of Benjamin Strauss of Haverford, Pa., chairman of The Pep Boys auto supply stores, and Bonnie Strauss Gould of Los Angeles, a television journalist.

The bride is a 1987 graduate of Wesleyan University.

The groom is a 1988 graduate of Harvard College. He is the ninth of 11 children of Robert and Ethel Kennedy. His father served as attorney general and senator from New York.


THE NEW YORK TIMES, OCTOBER 11, 1990

MATTHEW KENNEDY, the ninth of 11 children of ETHEL KENNEDY and the late Robert F. Kennedy, will marry VICTORIA ANNE STRAUSS a fellow law student at the University of Virginia. The wedding is scheduled for July in Philadelphia.

Mr. Kennedy, 25, was 3 in 1968 when his father was assassinated while running for President. Ms. Strauss is the daughter of BONNIE STRAUSS GOULD, a television journalist in Los Angeles, and BENJAMIN STRAUSS, chairman of The Pep Boys, an automobile supply company. (AP)


THE NEW YORK TIMES, OCTOBER 14, 1990

July wedding plans for Victoria Anne Strauss and Matthew Maxwell Taylor Kennedy, a son of Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy of McLean, Va., and the late Mr. Kennedy, have been made known by Ms. Strauss's parents, Bonnie Strauss Gould of Los Angeles and Benjamin Strauss of Haverford, Pa.

Ms. Strauss is 26 years old, and her fiance, who is known as Max, is 25. They are law students at the University of Virginia. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University; Mr. Kennedy, of Harvard. They met four years ago at a Christmas Eve party. Ms. Strauss has been helping Mr. Kennedy run a summer camp for homeless children at Hickory Hill, the Robert Kennedy family home in McLean.

The prospective bride's father is the chairman of the Pep Boys automobile parts and accessories stores, based in Philadelphia. Her mother is a television journalist. Ms. Strauss is a granddaughter of Mrs. Sidney Hudson of Los Angeles and the late Mr. Hudson, and of the late Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Strauss of Philadelphia.

The future bridegroom's father was the Attorney General in the Administration of President John F. Kennedy and a United States Senator from New York. He is a grandson of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy of Hyannisport, Mass., and the late Joseph P. Kennedy and of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Skakel of Greenwich, Conn.


THE BOSTON GLOBE, JULY 12, 1991

Matthew Maxwell Taylor Kennedy, the ninth child of Ethel and Robert Kennedy, will marry Victoria Anne Strauss of Philadelphia, fellow University of Virginia law student, tomorrow. The bride is the daughter of Ben Strauss, head of Pep Boys, an auto repair chain headquartered in the Philadelphia area, and former Philadelphia television reporter Bonnie Strauss. The wedding will take place at Philadelphia's Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul at 3 p.m., according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. The couple, both 27, met about five years ago in Aspen, Colo. Performing the ceremony will be Rev. Jerry Creedon, who has overseen many of the Kennedy clan's weddings. The couple, with 24 ushers and 16 bridesmaids, will pose for pictures on the cathedral steps after the ceremony before attending a reception at a suburban Philadelphia estate. The bride's mother said the two would honeymoon "near water."


THE NEW YORK TIMES, JULY 12, 1991

MATTHEW MAXWELL TAYLOR KENNEDY, 27 years old and the 9th of the 11 children of the late Robert F. Kennedy and ETHEL KENNEDY, is to marry VICTORIA ANNE STRAUSS, 27, of Haverford, Pa., at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia tomorrow. The couple met in Aspen, Colo., five years ago and are students at the University of Virginia Law School.

Ms. Strauss is the daughter of BONNIE STRAUSS GOULD, a reporter for "Inside Edition" on CBS-TV, and BENJAMIN STRAUSS, the chairman of the Pep Boys automotive equipment and repair chain. An outdoor reception at a suburban Philadelphia estate will follow the wedding, and the newlyweds will honeymoon at an undisclosed location "near water," said the bride's mother, who added, "They both love sports."


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, JULY 13, 1991

Matthew Maxwell Taylor Kennedy, a son of the late U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was married Saturday to a law
school classmate.

Among the 30 ushers at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul was William Kennedy Smith, the nephew of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.

Smith has pleaded innocent to charges of raping a woman at the family compound in Palm Beach, Fla., and is scheduled to stand trial Aug. 5.

The 26-year-old groom married Victoria Strauss, a classmate at the University of Virginia Law School.

Strauss, 27, is the daughter of Benjamin Strauss, chairman of the Pep Boys, a Philadelphia-based national chain of automobile parts stores.

During the ceremony, the Rev. Gerard Creedon denounced religious bigotry and racism. Strauss is Jewish, although the ceremony was held in a Catholic church.

Kennedy is the ninth of 11 children of the late senator, assassinated in 1968, and Ethel Kennedy.

Sen. Kennedy escorted his brother's widow out of the church as about 300 spectators clapped wildly and snapped
photographs.


THE WASHINGTON POST, JULY 15, 1991

Being a Kennedy means buying a lot of wedding presents. Another of the Kennedys went to the altar Saturday: Matthew Maxwell Taylor Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy, who married Victoria Strauss, a law school classmate from the University of Virginia. Kennedy, 26, and Strauss, 27, were married at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. Kennedy is the ninth of Robert and Ethel Kennedy's 11 children. Strauss is the daughter of Ben Strauss, chairman of the Pep Boys auto supply and repair chain, and Bonnie Strauss, a former television reporter.

Kennedy watchers outside the cathedral saw among the guests Sargent and Eunice Shriver, Sen. Edward Kennedy, Rep. Joseph Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy and William Kennedy Smith, who is scheduled to stand trial in Florida next month on sexual battery charges. According to a Knight-Ridder report, Smith was greeted at the church by shouts of support from the crowd, including "We're with you" and "We believe you." He smiled but did not respond.


THE NEW YORK TIMES, MARCH 8, 1992

Mrs. William G. Hildebrand of Greenwich, Conn., has announced the engagement of her daughter Jeanne Eileen Ripp to Mark Kennedy Shriver, a son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Sargent Shriver of Potomac, Md. Ms. Ripp is also a daughter of the late Dr. John A. Ripp Jr. of Old Westbury, L.I. A June wedding is planned.

Ms. Ripp, 26 years old, is a territory manager for American Express Travel Related Services in Boston. She graduated from the College of the Holy Cross, as did her fiance. Her father was chief of pediatrics at Syosset Hospital in Syosset, L.I. Her late stepfather was the president and chief executive of the New York State Food Merchants Association in Hartsdale, N.Y.

Mr. Shriver, 28, a nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy, founded and heads the Choice Program, which works with delinquent teen-agers and abused children in Baltimore. His mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founded Special Olympics International, the worldwide sports and training program for the mentally retarded, and is the executive vice president of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, named for her late brother, which finances research and programs for the mentally retarded.

The prospective bridegroom's father, who was the first director of the Peace Corps under President Kennedy and the first director of the Office of Economic Opportunity under President Lyndon B. Johnson, is chairman of Special Olympics International and of counsel in the Washington office of the New York law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.


SUNDAY TIMES, JULY 12, 1992

Paul Hill, one of the Guildford Four, is to marry the niece of the late John F Kennedy, the former American president, reports The People.

Friends say that Courtney Kennedy, 35, whose father, Robert, was assassinated in 1967, will marry Hill, 36, in the autumn. Hill, who served 15 years for IRA pub bombings, was released in 1989.


UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL, FEBRUARY 13, 1993

The son of Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., will be the latest Kennedy to get married.

A spokesperson for Sen. Kennedy said that Edward Moore Kennedy, Jr., 31, and his fiance, Dr. Katherine Anne Gershman, 33, are getting married some time in the fall. No date has been set yet.

The engagement was announced Saturday by Gershman's parents, James and Elizabeth Gershman of Stamford, Conn.

Kennedy spokesperson Melody Miller says the younger Kennedy proposed to Gershman last weekend in New Haven, Conn. He gave her a ''radiant cut diamond set in a platinum ring,'' presented in a heart-shaped box. Emerald cut sapphires are set on either side of the diamond.

The couple met three years ago at a chamber music concert at Yale University.

Gershman, who the Kennedys refer to as ''Kiki,'' is a professor of psychiatry at Yale University. She also works at the Conn. Mental Health Center as an attending psychiatrist in the outpatient division.

Kennedy, who lost a leg to cancer at the age of 12, works at the lead treatment center at the Yale School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics.

''The happiness that I know Teddy has found with Kiki is everything a father could wish for his son,'' Sen. Kennedy said.

Gershman caught the bouquet at the last Kennedy wedding, of Mark Shriver to his bride, Jeanie, last year.


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, FEBRUARY 13, 1993

Edward M. Kennedy Jr., the son of the Massachusetts senator, will marry a psychiatrist who teaches at Yale University, the senator's office announced Saturday.

Kennedy, 31, will marry Dr. Katherine Anne Gershman, said Melody Miller, a spokeswoman for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

They met three years ago at a chamber music recital at Yale. They were not willing to speak with reporters, Miller said.

The wedding will be in the fall, although no date or location has been set, she said.

Gershman, 33, is an instructor at Yale's School of Medicine and at the university's Department of Psychiatry. She also is an attending physician at the Connecticut Mental Health Center.

Kennedy directs a lead-removal program at the Yale medical school's pediatrics department.

He is the second of three children of Sen. Kennedy and Joan Kennedy, who divorced in 1982. In July, the senator married Washington lawyer Victoria Anne Reggie.

Edward Jr., whose right leg was amputated at age 12 because of cancer, has been an activist for the rights of the disabled. He founded Facing the Challenge, a Boston-based advocacy group, and managed his father's 1988 re-election campaign.

In 1991, he spent three weeks at a treatment center for alcohol abuse.


THE BOSTON GLOBE, FEBRUARY 14, 1993

Edward M. Kennedy Jr., the son of Sen. Edward M. and Joan Kennedy, announced yesterday that this fall he will marry a psychiatrist who teaches at Yale University.

Kennedy, 31, will wed Katherine Anne Gershman, 33, who was born in New York City and moved to Stamford, Conn., when she was 5, according to a Kennedy spokeswoman, Melody Miller.

Gershman, who is known as Kiki, teaches a seminar at Yale medical school and supervises a psychiatric residency in the department of psychiatry at Yale.

Gershman also works at the Connecticut Mental Health Center as an attending physician in psychiatry for the outpatient unit.

She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a degree in psychology and from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Gershman has a brother, Taylor, who lives in California. Her mother, Elizabeth, is a music and theater critic for Stamford newspapers, and her father, James, is chairman of an investment partnership group in Stamford.

Kennedy works as the director of community projects for the Lead Program in the department of pediatrics at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Miller said the program integrates treatment and social services for patients, as well as detoxifying any environment where there is lead paint.

Kennedy received his bachelor's degree in American studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and his master's in environmental studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Kennedy, whose leg was amputated when he was 12 because of cancer, has been a handicapped-rights activist and is the founder of Facing the Challenge, a Boston-based advocacy group. In 1988 he managed his father's reelection campaign.

Miller said the couple share a concern for health care and environmental issues, as well as enjoy sailing, skiing and the theater together.

Miller said Kennedy and Gershman met three years ago when they were introduced by a professor at Yale at a chamber music concert.

Kennedy popped the question last week on a beach in New Haven. He presented the ring, a radiant-cut diamond set in platinum with emerald-cut sapphires on each side, in a heart-shaped box, according to Miller.

"The happiness I know Teddy has found with Kiki is everything a father could want for his son," Sen. Kennedy said in a statement given by Miller.

"We are delighted that Kiki and Teddy found each other," Elizabeth Gershman said, through Miller. "As we have grown to know him, we have also grown to love him dearly."

Miller said no date or location has been set for the wedding. It is the first marriage for both.

Miller said Gershman caught the bouquet at Mark and Jeannie Shriver's wedding in Newport, R.I., last summer. "I guess the tradition of being the next married after catching the bouquet is still alive," Miller said.


THE NEW YORK TIMES, FEBRUARY 14, 1993

Elizabeth G. Gershman and James D. Gershman, both of Stamford, Conn., have announced the engagement of their daughter, Dr. Katherine Anne Gershman, to Edward Moore Kennedy Jr., a son of Joan Bennett Kennedy of Boston and Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Hyannisport, Mass.. A fall wedding is planned.

Dr. Gershman is an instructor, soon to become an assistant professor, in psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, and a faculty psychiatrist in the outpatient division of the Connecticut Mental Health Center, both in New Haven. She graduated from Brown University and received her medical degree from the University of Connecticut.

Mr. Kennedy is the director of community projects in New Haven for the lead-detection program, in the Department of Pediatrics at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven. He graduated from Wesleyan University and received a master's degree in forestry and environmental studies from Yale. His father is the Democrat and five-term senior Senator from Massachusetts. The prospective bridegroom is a stepson of Victoria Reggie Kennedy.


TED KENNEDY JR. HAS PLANS TO MARRY
BOSTON GLOBE, February 14, 1993

Edward M. Kennedy Jr., the son of Sen. Edward M. and Joan Kennedy, announced yesterday that this fall he will marry a psychiatrist who teaches at Yale University.

Kennedy, 31, will wed Katherine Anne Gershman, 33, who was born in New York City and moved to Stamford, Conn., when she was 5, according to a Kennedy spokeswoman, Melody Miller.

Gershman, who is known as Kiki, teaches a seminar at Yale medical school and supervises a psychiatric residency in the department of psychiatry at Yale.

Gershman also works at the Connecticut Mental Health Center as an attending physician in psychiatry for the outpatient unit.

She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a degree in psychology and from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Gershman has a brother, Taylor, who lives in California. Her mother, Elizabeth, is a music and theater critic for Stamford newspapers, and her father, James, is chairman of an investment partnership group in Stamford.

Kennedy works as the director of community projects for the Lead Program in the department of pediatrics at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Miller said the program integrates treatment and social services for patients, as well as detoxifying any environment where there is lead paint.

Kennedy received his bachelor's degree in American studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and his master's in environmental studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Kennedy, whose leg was amputated when he was 12 because of cancer, has been a handicapped-rights activist and is the founder of Facing the Challenge, a Boston-based advocacy group. In 1988 he managed his father's reelection campaign.

Miller said the couple share a concern for health care and environmental issues, as well as enjoy sailing, skiing and the theater together.

Miller said Kennedy and Gershman met three years ago when they were introduced by a professor at Yale at a chamber music concert.

Kennedy popped the question last week on a beach in New Haven. He presented the ring, a radiant-cut diamond set in platinum with emerald-cut sapphires on each side, in a heart-shaped box, according to Miller.

"The happiness I know Teddy has found with Kiki is everything a father could want for his son," Sen. Kennedy said in a statement given by Miller.

"We are delighted that Kiki and Teddy found each other," Elizabeth Gershman said, through Miller. "As we have grown to know him, we have also grown to love him dearly."

Miller said no date or location has been set for the wedding. It is the first marriage for both.

Miller said Gershman caught the bouquet at Mark and Jeannie Shriver's wedding in Newport, R.I., last summer. "I guess the tradition of being the next married after catching the bouquet is still alive," Miller said.

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