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On July 16, 2023, Paul A. Kendall slipped the surly bonds of earth and entered into eternal life. He passed away due to complications from osteomyelitis.
He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Claire Yvonne Biberstein Kendall, who died on July 15, 2014, and his brother John N. Kendall, who died in 2000. He leaves behind three loving children, Paul Francis Kendall of Ellicott City, MD (Jeannette); Therese Marie Lipovsky of Berryville, VA (Bob); and Mary Claire Kendall of Kensington, MD. He also leaves behind 15 grandchildren: LCDR Caitlin Workman, senior Flight Nurse attached to Navy Medical Readiness Training Unit Diego Garcia; Katibeth Laws (Bo); Joseph Kendall (Marin), Elizabeth Lipovsky; Adam Kendall (Kelsey); Christina Goodwin (Jess); Marie Jennings (Adam); Sara Kendall (Chris); David Lipovsky (Sophia), Navy SEAL; Charlie Kendall; Gregory Lipovsky; Nina Kendall; Mary Lou Lipovsky; Rosie Kendall; Isabel Kendall; and ten great grandchildren.
Born to Albert S. Kendall and Mary Josephine Fudala, Paul grew up in Alpine, New York. He attended grammar school in a one-room schoolhouse before entering Odessa Central School and graduating on June 26, 1944.
He enlisted to serve in the U.S. Navy, Seaman First Class, SV-6, during World War II and was honorably discharged from the US Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida on August 7, 1946. After attending Sampson College in Geneva New York, the largest of three temporary colleges in Upstate New York for veterans under the G.I. Bill of Rights, he matriculated at Catholic University of America where he earned his B.A. in Physics in 1952, and, later his Masters (1961), and met and married his wife, Claire, whose father, Professor Frank Biberstein was Chairman of the Civil Engineering department at Catholic University. They were married on April 24, 1954, celebrating 60 years of marriage shortly before his wife’s untimely death. United in faith, they attended mass together almost every day of their married life. Paul worked at Naval Ordnance Lab in White Oak, Maryland, and then as a contractor in Crystal City, Virginia where he worked in Health Physics until his retirement in 1993, after which he took an active interest in alternative medicine, which was beneficial to his health and longevity. Then, in 2019, as mainline medicine largely treated symptoms, not causes, his health deteriorated. The last three plus years of his life he was bedbound, but alert, keenly interested in American politics and world affairs, and “cute as a button,” as his daughter who cared for him liked to say.
A Visitation will be held on Friday, August 4, 2023, from 4 - 6pm at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 9705 Summit Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895; and a Funeral Mass will be held there at 11am the next day on Saturday, August 5, 2023, preceded by a Scottish bagpiper playing “Danny Boy,” a song he loved so. Interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring, MD, including Navy Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tenley Study Center, 4300 Garrison Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016, https://tenley.org/donate/
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Tenley Study Center
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