Born in Brooklyn, New York on 12 September
1921 of Irish and Canadian French parentage, Vincent Kehoe was brought
up and went to school in Lowell Massachusetts. He attended MIT 1940-41
and Boston University in 1942. Kehoe enlisted in the US Army on
5 June 1942 and served as a ski instructor in the 10th Mountain
Division as well as the 70th Division in France and Germany, being
awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
After discharge on 8 October 1945 he
attended the American Theatre Wing Professional Training Program
for veterans and graduated from Columbia University with a BFA in
Motion Picture and Television Production.
As a professional make-up artist he
had been in charge of make-up for over 3000 major TV, film and stage
productions, and had been in charge of the make-up department of
CBS-TV in New York as well as for the NBC Hallmark Hall of Fame
series. He was president and Director of Research for the Research
Council of Make-up Artists, Inc., a firm that supplied specialized
professional cosmetics to studios and make-up personnel all over
the world. He authored a number of books on make-up, among which
are The Technique of Film and Television Make-up For Color,
the standard professional book and unique in its field; as well
as The make-up Artist in the Beauty Salon, for use in beauty
studios. The have been published in different languages in a number
of countries and have received critical acclaim in their field.
In 1957, Kehoe left for Spain to produce
and film a color documentary film on the art of tauromaquia, and
at the same time, wrote and photographed two award winning books
on los toros and Spain. In 1960 the Art Directors Club of New York
selected the books for showing and award at their Annual show and
in 1961, Aficionado!, one of the titles, was given the
distinction of "One of the best photographed books of the year"
by Photography Annual. The film was shown in a lecture series performed
by Kehoe, to colleges and social clubs all over the United States.
As a professional photographer his work
has been published in Time, Life, Sports Illustrated, Argosy, Popular
Photography and many other leading publications. He had also photographed
and produced a number of film shorts on various subjects and was
the Chief Press Officer at the Spanish Pavilion of the New York
World's Fair, a pavilion that won every conceivable award and honor.
In 1970, the Tenth Foot Royal Lincolnshire
Regimental Association, through Major General Sir Christopher Welby-Everard,
KBE, CB, DL, granted Kehoe Honorary Colonelcy in the Regiment for
the purpose of raising an American Contingent of the Regiment for
the American Bicentennial Celebration - the 10th Regiment of Foot.
During the Bicentennial Col Kehoe led the regiment to England and
Canada visiting many historical and military locals. Under his command
the Regiment was a Guard of Honour for Queen Elizabeth in Boston
Massachusetts and was reviewed by HRH The Princess Alice, Duchess
of Gloucester in Lincoln England. The regiment participated in numerous
historical re-enactment of the battles of 1775-1778. Although Col
Kehoe stepped down as commander of the 10th Foot in September 1978
the 10th Foot continues to be a major representation of an 18th
century British regiment here in North American.
Col Kehoe was a prodigious author of
historical books on the American War for Independence among which
are; We Were There!— April 19 1775, which is the
first full collection of all the diaries, depositions and accounts
of both the British and American participants and witnesses to that
significant day in American history. He also wrote A Military
Guide for re-enactors to re-create the uniforms and equipment
of the British Army of 1775 which was originally published in single
volume in 1974, and was updated and republished in four volumes
in 1992. He recently completed the History of the Tenth Foot
1767-1778 which covers the service of this famous regiment
during the time it served in America.
Col Kehoe passed away on the morning
of Sunday 17 August, in Somis California, at a time when his regiment
was camped on Boston Common recreating their encampment in Boston
from November 1774 to March 1776.
At the going down
of the sun and in the morning
We will remember him.