Ken Rhodes had a lifelong dedication to archeology. Born in 1927 in Endicott, NY in his youth he developed a fascination with the Native American artifacts which he found while systematically walking the plowed fields on the banks of the Susquehanna River. He was particularly fond of the exceptionally sharp tipped arrow points which he collected in great numbers. After serving in the U.S. Army in both World War II and the Korean Conflict. He went on to obtain his degree at Morrisville State College in Morrisville, NY and subsequently moved to Manchester, NH where he worked for IBM for 38 years.
Ken deepened his interest in archeology through his frequent engagement in the many digs sponsored by the NHAS in the 1950s and 60s. The most important of which was the Society’s excavations at the Smyth Site at Amoskeag Falls in Manchester from 1967 through 1969. This coincided with his presidency of the NHAS from 1968 through 1970. Then in 1980 Ken received the Chester B. Price Award in recognition of his contributions over the decades. He was also a lifetime member of the NHAS. He passed away at the age of 94 on August 9, 2022.
Ken was a frequent attendee of the Spring and Fall meetings and he maintained contact with his many friends in the Society. He was a patient, soft spoken man who will be missed by many in the New Hampshire Archeological Society.