Kenneth W McCormick III
by Rebecca O'Toole
(San Diego, CA USA)
Kenneth Wayne McCormick, III
Aka. Kenny, Little Dirt Bag, Cheese Grater, BoBo, Kendog
Kenny was born June 24, 1989 at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, CA.
Throughout his education he excelled at academics and won many awards. Among them:
• 2 X Spelling Bee Champion in elementary school
• 1st Place Greater San Diego Science Fair in Physics in middle school
• SCHS Science Olympiad Grand Champion
• Principals Honor Roll 16 Consecutive Quarters
• Inductee Cougar Hall of Fame
• Member Winning Team East County Academic Bowl
• 2 X Union Tribune All Academic Team
• Recipient of the La Mesa Rotary Club's "Tolly Lambert Award"
• Varsity Letterman in Academics
• Graduated 8th in his class and was Salutatorian with a 4.56 GPA
Ken was accepted to all 5 of the colleges he applied to; Cal Berkeley, UCSB, UCSD, UCLA and USC.
He wound up choosing USC because of their world class business school, the Marshall School of Business, and he wanted to own his own business someday so the prestigious Lloyd Greif Center of Entrepreneurial Studies was an easy choice. Plus, he was already starting to feel the love from the Trojan family he was meeting as he pondered his decision.
Going to USC was his proudest accomplishment; he immersed himself into the school from his very first day there by going to a basketball game with his new roommates. Kenny was as passionate in college as he already had been his entire life. He loved the traditions, the spirit, the history, the campus, the girls, and of course the sports.
He was able to travel to Hong Kong his freshman year with the business school and enjoyed the learning side of things but also the artistic and culinary side as well. He did not like eating frog ovaries however.
Ken joined the Fraternity Delta Chi where he was embraced as a brother and where he found his closest Trojan family. Many of the experiences in Delta Chi were amongst the funniest we've heard and involved things that would not be appropriate to share in most circumstances. While in Delta Chi Ken had positions of Social Chair for the Alpha Rho pledge class, Rush Committee Chairman, House Manager, Alumni Relations Chairman and he served on the Treasurer Committee.
Ken had a few internships and jobs during college including working at JK Residential Services, Inc. as an Asset Management Intern; working for the Marshall School as a Scheduling Coordinator; Marketing Intern at 02Max in Santa Monica; and working as a Rental Agent Assistant at Lee Mather Realty in Coronado, CA.
He spent the summer between his sophomore and junior years traveling in Greece with his close friend Robby MacIntyre where he explored the islands and met tons of other young travelers from around the globe. Some of whom he stayed in touch with until now.
Ken's crowning achievement in college was pioneering an idea to use wireless technology in sports bars and other venues to provide audio solutions to customers from muted televisions by using their Smartphones. His company would be called Sports Ear, LLC.
Ken's core concentration in was in the Entrepreneurial School where he worked on analyzing the feasibility of the Sports Ear concept his junior and senior year. His concept was met with great enthusiasm and interest and ultimately led to him earning an award for having the Best Business Plan in his class of 2011.
Ken worked at Heffernan Insurance for 7 months right out of college as an account manager in their entertainment division.
His goal and dream was to attract financing then launch the Sports Ear startup as soon as he had the resources. He actually was engaged with a technology partner working out the details of the server application at the time of his passing.
Kenny had many passions. His favorite things were music, dancing, humor, fishing (at El Capitan and in the Sea of Cortez in Baja), table tennis, baseball, Halloween, pranking his friends and family, producing videos, giving massages, telling stories, asking insanely inquisitive questions, sports, working out, barbequing, having fun, laughing, making faces and flexing his muscles. He also was obsessed with keeping his fingernails clean and dealing with his cowlicks.
Above all else, Kenny loved being with his friends and family. Aside from his brother Nathan, Kenny also had 2 adoring sisters, Kayla and Kaitlyn who he always enjoyed being with when he was home. He was a role model for his brother and sisters. He was also very close with his many relatives on all sides of his families.
They say that quality is always better than quantity. In Kenny's case, he didn't live what some would necessarily say was a long life, but in his 23 years on this earth, he lived his life to the absolute fullest with the gusto of a man with a mission to experience as much in life as possible. He was always working to cross things off of his bucket list. He experienced more in 23 years than many people do.
His energy, enormous smile, compassion, love, humor and many adventures with him will be with each of us for the rest of our lives. Those are a few of the gifts he gives to us as we go on from here.