Daniel Kendall S.J.
1939 - 2020
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Rev. R. Daniel Kendall S.J.
January 11, 1939 - May 26, 2020
The Reverend R. Daniel Kendall S.J. died peacefully on May 26, 2020, at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, CA. He was 81 years old.
Dan was born in Miami, Arizona, on January 11, 1939, to Robert D. Kendall and Loretto (Jakle) Kendall. Growing up in Phoenix, Dan attended Saint Francis Xavier elementary school and Brophy College Preparatory. He entered the Society of Jesus in Los Gatos, CA, on September 7, 1957.
During his Jesuit formation, Dan received bachelors and masters degrees from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, and a Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. On June 6, 1970, Dan was ordained a priest in Phoenix and then went to Rome for further studies. He earned a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute (1973) and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Gregorian University (1975).
Dan taught theology at Gonzaga University from 1975 to 1979, and was then missioned to the University of San Francisco where he served several terms as chair of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. He also taught abroad in China, Macao, India, and the Philippines. Dan co-authored several books, published many scholarly articles in Theological Studies and The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, and was the book review editor for Theological Studies for ten years.
Dan is survived by his sister, Sister Anne Kendall, BVM. Due to the sheltering restrictions, the funeral mass will be live-streamed at 4:30 PM on Friday, June 5, on the Saint Ignatius Parish website. Burial will be private at the Santa Clara Mission Cemetery.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Jun. 1 to Jun. 3, 2020.
Funeral Mass
04:30 PM
Saint Ignatius Parish Website (Live-streamed)
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June 30, 2020
Eternal memory and blessed repose.
Theresa Montalvo
June 9, 2020
Sitting next to Father Dan at our numerous First Mile sessions was a special honor. On our first meeting he admired my silver watchband laced with turquoise and amber stones very similar to the one he was wearing. We smiled, and acknowledged our connections to Arizona. Father Dan was a pleasure to talk to and I felt at ease telling him about by family background. Both my husband, Ka'ala and I are blessed to know Father Dan and will miss our conversations and the feeling we are left with after our visits. His kindness, generosity, and warm heartedness, and his positive outlook on life and his willingness to share what he learned from his many travels filled our hopes for a better world. Dan, we'll never forget the amazing tour you gave us of the USF Lone Mountain campus. We will miss your presence but promise to stay enlightened by your spirit.
Rosalie Alfonso & Ka'ala Carmack
June 2, 2020
To Fr Kendalls Jesuit family, his sister, friends and students, I send my condolences. I had the great pleasure of working with Dan at USF and have seen him through the years always to meet his smile and good conversation. He was an intellectual without arrogance, a kind hearted soul, and good humored. I am grateful to have known him.
Janet Giddings
June 2, 2020
I was shocked to hear Dan passed . He was a positive influence in my life , A good friend. I enjoyed the great conversations we had at Sunday brunch and swimming at KC. He was one of the most active energetic people I knew , traveling regularly, just finished another book, exercised several times a week, teaching as well . We miss you Dan !
Tappan DeArrigunaga
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