First American Financial was known as Orange County Title and had only one office when Donald P. Kennedy, fresh out of law school, joined the family firm in 1948.
When Mr. Kennedy began leading the title insurance company’s expansion beyond the county lines in 1957, it had annual sales of less than $1.5 million.
By 2006, First American was one of the world’s largest title insurers and was developing vast databases that helped transform the real estate industry. It had hundreds of offices in the United States and abroad and revenue topping $8 billion — an expansion attributed to Mr. Kennedy, who died March 24 at 93 in his home in Santa Ana, Calif. No cause of death was reported.
Donald Parker Kennedy was born Oct. 16, 1918, in San Jacinto, Calif. He attended Stanford University, where he played on the 1939 golf team that won an NCAA Division 1 championship and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1940.