EAST MONTPELIER - Dr. Kendal Frost, 86, died peacefully on Dec. 24, 2013, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.
He was born June 4, 1927, in Los Angeles, the son of Dr. Kendal and Dorothy (Crowley) Frost.
He was a 1945 graduate of the Fountain Valley School of Colorado. He enlisted in the Navy and attended electronics training school at both the Great Lakes and the Treasure Island naval stations. He entered Yale College after the war and graduated in 1950. He attended the University of Southern California Medical School and interned at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., and Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, N.H. Orthopedic residency followed at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conn. He spent three years in England serving as the registrar at Royal South Hants Hospital (Southampton) and in a similar capacity at St. Thomas' Hospital (London). Upon his return to the United States, he was an instructor in orthopedics at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in the Bronx in New York.
He married Ruth Reynolds in 1961. They moved to East Montpelier in 1966 when Kendal came to work at Heaton Hospital and Barre City Hospital as central Vermont's first orthopedic surgeon. He practiced in central Vermont for 27 years.
Kendal was a true Anglophile and enjoyed numerous trips to Europe. He enjoyed sharing good food and wine with friends and family. He was an avid reader - especially about World War II
- loved Bach and Handel, and was a skilled bread baker, chef, winemaker, model maker and car enthusiast. He was also an avid sailor - first sailing in the Flying Dutchman class on Caspian Lake in Greensboro, Vt., followed by 23 years of cruising and racing on Lake Champlain - as well as a talented builder of radio-controlled model airplanes. He was a member of the Barnstormers, a local radio-controlled model club, a former commodore of the Greensboro Yacht Club and was on the Lake Champlain Yacht Club board of governors.
Kendal is survived by his wife of 52 years; his daughter, Hilary, and her husband, Jeffrey Warner, of Bow, N.H.; his sons, Timothy and his wife, Millissa Frost, of Underhill, and Christopher, of East Montpelier; his granddaughter, Francesca Frost; his sister and brother-in-law, Rebecca Hanna and Lindsay Hanna, of Carmel, Calif.; nieces Margaret Hanna, Jane Repp and Elizabeth Hanna; and chocolate Lab, Mocha.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to Alyce Collins and to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, especially Donna Fontana and Sarah Rowan, whose care complemented the loving care of his wife over the last four and a half years.
An informal memorial reception with light refreshments will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, at the East Montpelier Parish House of the Old Meeting House Church in East Montpelier Center. A collective sharing of thoughts will take place at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601; or the East Montpelier Fire Department, P.O. Box 146, East Montpelier, VT 05651.