John W. Kendall M.D. Jr.

Portland, Oregon

1929 - 2019


Portland, Oregon


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John W. Kendall, Jr., M.D.March 19, 1929 - Dec. 11, 2019 On Dec. 11, 2019, John W. Kendall, Jr., loving husband and father of three children, passed away at age 90. Dr. Kendall was born March 19, 1929, in Bellingham, Wash., to John and Mathilda (Hansen) Kendall, and grew up in Seattle. He...

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Dr. Kendall and his partner in crime, Betty, have always been unfailingly supportive and kind to me. I helped them in their garden for many years and always cherished the time I was fortunate to spend with them. Dr. Kendall would sometimes climb up on scaffolding to tend to his beloved grapes which created some good-natured angst for both Betty and I. We all have birthdays in March so we would all go out to a fancy lunch together to celebrate. Dr. Kendall was also kind enough to...

John was a man who left the world a better place than he found. With his wife, Betty, they blazed trails for others and set the standard for love and respect. Working with Betty on the MESA board I learned to admire and love them both and I cherish the time we shared. To Betty and their family, I hope in time this loss will become only happy memories of a wonderful man.

We are deeply saddened by the passing of a dear neighbor, who was unfailingly kind and upbeat to everyone in the neighborhood. He had a wonderful sense of humor, that was well sharpened by the wit of his dear wife Betty. He was exceedingly modest as to his great achievements in medicine. He will be remembered for his love of gardening (tomatoes and grapes) and his contributions not only to his city and neighborhood but to mankind.

John Kendall at Soup Night

Dr. Kendall was a great and gentle man. I was honored to be his neighbor. At our neighborhood "soup nights" he made the best gazpacho I've ever tasted. He even shared the recipe.

John was a dear friend who, with his wife Betty, was central to our neighborhood community. We will treasure memories of John's quirky sense of humor and his diligence in creating perfectly crafted raised beds for our neighborhood garden. In addition to being a great doctor, John was a truly fine human being whose memory we treasure.

I met Dr. Kendall my first week at OHSU in 1982. He was unfailingly kind and friendly every time he saw me- even tho I was support staff. I was lucky enough to get to know his wife and daughter as well. Such interesting people.

One fall Dr. Kendall and his daughter Kay took me mushroom hunting. It was an amazing class not just in mushrooms but about conservation. One of my favorite memories.

Godspeed on your journey Dr. Kendall.

I was so fortunate to have known Dr. Kendall during my time at OHSU. He was and remained a fair decent and compassionate Med School dean. I hope his example serves as a legacy at the Hill. I also extend my condolences to John Jr. You had a great dad John.

Betty and kids: I have many enjoyable memories with all of you. I'm so sorry for the earthly loss of your husband/dad. May God's blessings be on all of you. Thinking of you at this time of loss. Much love to all of you. Jeri Anderson Fuller.

I am saddened to learn of Dr. Kendall's passing and I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family. He was Dean of the School of Medicine in 1988 when I was being recruited to join the Department pf Anesthesiology and serve as Anesthesiology Service Chief at Portland VA. His role in that process formed a significant component of my decision to accept the offer. Dr. Kendall was a fundamentally good and kind person. He was easily among the very best individuals with whom I have been...