Frank R. Kennedy held degrees from Southwest Missouri State University, Washington University School of Law, and Yale University Law School. He was a member of the faculty at University of Iowa College of Law from 1940 to 1960, although he left Iowa during World War II to serve in the U.S. Navy. While a professor at Iowa, he served as faculty advisor to the Iowa Law Review.
He also taught at University of Michigan Law School from 1961 to 1984. His work focused on bankruptcy law, trade regulation, and constitutional law. During his career, he served on many influential bankruptcy-related committees, including the National Bankruptcy Conference and the Commission on Bankruptcy Law. He died in 2008.