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KENNETH C. KELLY, 1928 - 2021; Space engineer broke racial barriers in L.A. housing

Mar 16, 2021 - Los Angeles Times

Kenneth C. Kelly, an early-day electronics engineer whose antenna designs contributed to the race to the moon, made satellite TV and radio possible and helped NASA communicate with Mars rovers and search for extraterrestrials, has died. He was 92.

The engineer also worked to erase race barriers in the Navy, California housing and the newspaper comics pages. As a Black resident in Los Angeles, his efforts to buy residences in largely white neighborhoods had been repeatedly rebuffed.