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Bruce Kent (1929-), Campaigner for nuclear disarmament; preist
Sitter in 3 portraits
Educated at Brasenose College, Oxford, Kent was ordained into the Roman Catholic ministry at Westminster in 1958. He was Catholic Chaplain to London University (1966-74). In 1980 he was elected General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Founded in 1958 under the Presidency of Bertrand Russell, CND was pledged to the abandonment of British nuclear weapons. Under Kent, CND became an active force once more in response to the deployment of American cruise missiles in Britain, and the politics of the latter years of the Cold War. Kent became CND Chairman in 1987, the year he resigned his Ministry. He was President of the International Peace Bureau (1985-92) and the National Peace Council (1999-2000).