Michael Kenny, 63, an anthropology professor at Catholic University where he had served on the faculty since 1959 and was a former department chairman, died of a coronary thrombosis Jan. 11 at Leland Memorial Hospital. He lived in Hyattsville.

In addition to his work in the anthropology department, Dr. Kenny had served on the univeristy President's Advisory Committee on University Planning, had chaired Latin American studies committees, and had served on the board of trustees of the Consortium of Washington Universities.

He had served on grants review boards for the Fulbright program and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He also had done work for the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society.

Dr. Kenny was a past president of the Washington Anthropological Society and a fellow of both the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology. He had served as editor of the Anthropological Quarterly since 1963, and was the author of numerous technical works.

He had worked in the Hispanic community in Washington to teach English to new arrivals to this country. He was a past board president of the Campus School, a Washington cooperative, and had served on the board of the Hispanic Catholic Center. He had been a university representative to the Upper Northeast Coordinating Council and a soccer coach with the Catholic Youth Organization.

Dr. Kenny was born in London. He earned five degrees at Oxford University, including a doctorate in social anthropology. He was an officer in the Mediterranean theater with Britain's Indian Army during World War II and managed a theater in London's west end in the late 1940s. Before moving here and joining Catholic University, he also had taught at Oxford and in Spain.

His marriage to Laura Kenny ended in divorce.

Survivors include three children, Hal Jose Kenny of New York City, and Ana Pilar Kenny and Michael Patrick Kenny, both of Washington, and a brother, Patrick, of Sydney, Australia.