Community Leader Cliff Kendall Dies

​Former authority of a University of Maryland System Board of Regents, Bethesda proprietor was a heading humanitarian in Montgomery County

Clifford M. Kendall, 86, lived in Bethesda. He founded Computer Data Systems Inc. and Community Foundation for Montgomery County and served on a Board of Regents for a University System of Maryland.

Clifford M. Kendall, 86, lived in Bethesda. He founded Computer Data Systems Inc. and Community Foundation for Montgomery County and served on a Board of Regents for a University System of Maryland.

Via University System of Maryland

Clifford M. Kendall, a village personality and philanthropist, died Wednesday night after a brief illness. Kendall, 86, had been diagnosed Friday with pancreatic cancer, according to his son, Clark Kendall.

Kendall, a Bethesda resident, founded, ran and eventually sole Computer Data Systems Inc., a supervision contractor. He was a personality in a Maryland and Washington, D.C., business communities, and was a former authority of a Technology Council of Maryland and a Greater Washington Board of Trade.

Kendall was good famous for his care in a village and philanthropy. He was a co-founder of a Community Foundation for Montgomery County and served on a Board of Regents for a University System of Maryland for 10 years, 8 as chairman.

For years, he and his wife, Camille Kendall, have given full scholarships to students attending Montgomery College and a Universities during Shady Grove (USG) in Rockville.

Robert L. Caret, chancellor of a University System of Maryland (USM), remarkable Thursday in a matter that Kendall was a connoisseur of a University of Maryland, College Park, who was “a loyal and lifelong crony not usually to his alma mater, though also to a whole University System of Maryland.”

The Kendalls contributed “millions of dollars to account initiatives—from tyro scholarships to a investiture of The Universities during Shady Grove—that done aloft preparation for Maryland students some-more affordable and accessible,” Caret said, adding that “tens of thousands of USM students have already benefited from his munificence and stewardship, and his bequest will live on for generations to come.”

Caret, who initial met Kendall in 1995, also remarkable that Kendall’s bequest extends over his achievements in business and education-related philanthropy. “Cliff was a truly good, benevolent and friendly man, that is how his many friends will remember him,” Caret said.

Clark Kendall pronounced Thursday that his father’s “hallmark was to give behind to assistance people assistance themselves by education.”

Sally Rudney, who was a first executive executive of a Community Foundation for Montgomery County, pronounced Kendall was a “true leader” who got his biggest compensation from assisting students. “He unequivocally enjoyed removing to know them,” pronounced Rudney, now a hospitality adviser.

Nichole Land of Rockville, a former Kendall academician target during USG, pronounced she was means to finish her four-year grade “because of Cliff Kendall’s generosity.”

“He was not usually a donor, though an active believer of a students whose lives he touched,” said Land, who graduated in 2014 with a grade in communications from a University of Maryland College Park module during USG. “He would always ask me how we was doing and would tell me how unapproachable he was of me.” 


Camille and Cliff Kendall with Nichole Land, a Kendall academician target during a Universities during Shady Grove. Photo pleasantness of Nichole Land.

 

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