A Look at the Jenkins Family




The family of Harry and Helen Jenkins of Omaha, Nebraska, is interesting for more than having produced the future president of Notre Dame, Father John Jenkins, CSC. Some details:

- 12 children (six sons, six daughters)

- 38 grandchildren

- Younger sister Anne is married to well-known travel writer and PBS personality Rick Steves.

- In the early 1960s, one of their neighbors was Ken Woodward ’57, later a religion writer at Newsweek.

- Dr. Harry Jenkins is a retired gastroenterologist, Helen Jenkins holds a nursing degree. Four of their daughters are nurses. One son, Joe, is a physician, a gastroenterologist.

- The only other religious in the family is an uncle on Helen Jenkins’ side, Father Robert Condon, a diocesan priest in Sioux City, Iowa.

- Two of Father Jenkins’ in-laws are Lutherans (including Steves), and one is Jewish. Another Jewish man will be marrying youngest sibling Sarah this summer. Father Jenkins will officiate.

- Glenn Walsh, husband of the second-youngest sibling Cathy, is in the Army and serving in Afghanistan.

- Older brother Tom ‘74 is the only other Notre Dame alum among the siblings, but seven of Father Jenkins’ nieces and nephews have attended. They are: Tom’s fraternal twin daughters Kari ’02 and Erin ’02; and all five children of first-born Maureen (Jenkins) Kizer: Bob ’97, Rich ’98 (married to Becca Daulton ’98), Angie ’99, Margie (Kizer) Burns ’00 (married to Nick Burns ’00). Clare Kizer will be a sophomore this fall.

Tim Jenkins is a cattleman in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and married to the former Mary Easterday ’85.

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