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David A. Kendall

December 6, 1930 — April 5, 2010

David A. Kendall age 79 of Waltham and West Yarmouth, MA died peacefully on Easter Monday, April 5, 2010 at his residence. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Nancy F. Smith.

Born in Hartford, CT on December 6, 1930 he was the son of the late Dr. Ralph E. and Eleonore J. (Andrews) Kendall.

Mr. Kendall attended Westtown School and Wesleyan University. While a member and President of Alpha Chi Rho, he participated in widening the membership beyond its Christian base. He graduated with a degree in Chemistry in 1952, joining the Food and Flavor Unit at Arthur D. Little in Cambridge, Ma.

During his career at ADL he specialized in flavor and odor chemistry, noted for his expertise in odor analysis of diesel exhaust and “A Flavor Analyst Should Never Ask What’s For Lunch”, a Wall Street Journal profile, August 3, 1988. He spent his entire career at ADL, retiring in 1990 as a Director of Technology and Product Development.

With a lifelong passion for cooking, his other interests included sailing, photography, Scottish Country Dancing, all varieties of music including BSO and Tanglewood concerts, reading, traveling, and crossword puzzles. Special thanks to physicians David Finn and Larry Blaszkowsky, and nurse Teresa Hartman, nurse practioner, Tracey Lafferty, and their colleagues, as well as his nieces Victoria and Kate Steven, for their wonderful care.

Besides his wife he is survived by his daughters, Sarah Kendall Bayles and her husband Richard, Elizabeth Kendall and her husband Anthony King and Leah Kendall and her husband Mark O’Brien, four grandchildren, Colin King, Eleonore Bayles, Graham King and Michael O’Brien.
His sister, Jane A. Kendall, eight nieces and nephews and their families, his father-in-law, William T. Smith, and sister-in-law, Karen Lord and her husband Henry. He was the former husband of the late Jean (Boothby) Kendall and brother of the late Elizabeth Steven.

Friday, April 30, 2010 at 11:30 a.m.
Memorial Chapel at Wesleyan University
221 High St., Middletown, CT.
(860) 685-3324

This service will be a Festive Remembrance Concert, with an opportunity for reminiscences, followed by a reception at Russell House.

The Cancer Research Fund of Lawrence Blaszkowsky, M.D.,
Massachusetts General Hospital, Development Office,
165 Cambridge St., Suite 600,
Boston, MA 02114

Arrangements under the care of Glenn D. Burlamachi
74 Belknap Street
Concord, MA 01742

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Friday, April 30, 2010

11:30am - 12:30pm (Eastern time)


221 High St, Middletown, CT 06459

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