Naomi Thompson Kenward, who started
her tournament tennis career as a student at Washington Seminary, won
the West Penn women's singles title four times.
She also won singles championships in West Virginia, Virginia and
Maryland and a West Virginia doubles title. In 1933, she was ranked 19th
nationally and fifth in Middle States.
She was the first woman to play varsity tennis at Carnegie Tech, now
Carnegie Mellon University, and was captain of the team.
She played in the U.S. National Tournament at Forest Hills, NY. when it
was played on grass for the first time.
Mrs. Kenward, a Pittsburgh resident, spent two years in China with the
American Red Cross during World War II. She later won women's golf
championships at Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair Country Clubs.