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Albert Dennis Kirwan (December 22, 1904 – November 30, 1971) was an American football coach and university administrator. He was the seventh President of the University of Kentucky. He also was the head football coach at Kentucky from 1938 to 1944.[1]

A. D. Kirwan
Kirwan in 1921 as captain of his high school football team
7th President of the
University of Kentucky
In office
Preceded byJohn W. Oswald
Succeeded byOtis A. Singletary
Personal details
Born(1904-12-22)December 22, 1904
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
DiedNovember 30, 1971(1971-11-30) (aged 66)
Lexington, Kentucky, United States

Kirwan received the A.B. degree from UK in 1926, an M.A. degree from the University of Louisville in 1944 and was awarded an LL.B. degree from the Jefferson School of Law and a doctorate from Duke University, in 1947.[2]

After leaving the football program, Kirwan took a fellowship in history at Duke University. He returned to UK as a professor and an administrator, serving as Dean of Men, Dean of Students, and Dean of the Graduate School. He served as president of the university for a short period in 1968 prior to Otis Singletary's presidency.[3]

Kirwan wrote or co-wrote several history books and was a lecturer at other American and European universities. His legacy is remembered at UK with the naming of Kirwan Tower and the low-rise Kirwan dormitories for Dr. Kirwan.

Kirwan's son, William English Kirwan, a 1962 UK graduate, was the third Chancellor of the University System of Maryland, and former president of the University of Maryland, College Park and The Ohio State University.

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Kentucky Wildcats (Southeastern Conference) (1938–1942)
1938 Kentucky 2–7 0–4 12th
1939 Kentucky 6–2–1 2–2–1 T–5th
1940 Kentucky 5–3–2 1–2–2 9th
1941 Kentucky 5–4 0–4 12th
1942 Kentucky 3–6–1 0–5 T–11th
Kentucky Wildcats (Southeastern Conference) (1944)
1944 Kentucky 3–6 1–5 9th
Kentucky: 24–28–4 4–22–3
Total: 24–28–4


  1. ^ Albert D. Kirwan by Frank F. Mathias. University Press of Kentucky, Jan 13, 2015
  2. ^ UK Alumni site Archived March 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Biography at University of Kentucky