Alan Kendall

OBITUARY ALAN GORDON KENDALL B.Sc., M.A., M.D.C.M., F.R.C.P.(C) F.A.C.P. It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Dr. Kendall at the Lakeshore General Hospital on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at the age of eighty-seven years. Dr. Kendall's life was filled with a love of scholarship, sports, music, photography and travel. He was chosen to represent Quebec as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University where he graduated with an M.A. He returned to England to spend 4 years in active duty as a flying officer in the RCAF. He entered McGill University with the H.N. Mackay scholarship. Dr. Kendall graduated in Internal Medicine specializing in Hematology. He was Head of the Royal Victoria Blood Bank for many years. Later in his career, he joined the staff of the Lakeshore General Hospital. He also worked at the University Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya when he was chosen to participate in the joint McGill-CIDA project training medical students. Dr. Kendall joined the staff of Tawam Hospital in the United Arab Emirates for 3 years as a Hematologist/Oncologist. His medical career was fulfilling with his varied experiences, research into abnormal blood types and working in many different cultures. This resulted in his publishing some 30 scientific medical papers. Sports consisted of squash as a member of the M.A.A.A. in Montreal, as well as tennis as a member of the Mount Royal Tennis Club for 50 years. He was Captain of the Oxford University Ice Hockey team and travelled extensively in Europe. He continued squash and tennis in his travels and while in East Africa he made frequent safaris including climbing Mount Kenya twice. Dr. Kendall was a loving husband of 37 years to Patricia (Fleming) Kendall. He is also survived by his brother Evan Kendall and family. It was Dr. Kendall's request to be cremated followed later by a private burial in Morin Heights, Quebec. Dr. Kendall will be remembered fondly by his family, friends and patients for his caring and compassion.


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Charles Szlapak

April 4, 2011

I was saddened to receive the email Obituary on 2nd April to announce Alan's death on 22nd march 2011. Alan came into the life of our family at the Fairview Hotel, very soon after arriving in Kenya with the Canadian contingent, to work at the Kenyatta National Hospital. During his leisure time in Kenya, we enjoyed mutual interests in squash and game viewing.
I met his mother and later, the love of his life, Pat. To my dear friend Pat I offer my sincere sympathy. We can all treasure the happy times together with Alan and Pat. . Charles

Jeffrey Fine (Ottawa)

April 3, 2011

I have just been informed of Alan's passing by a close mutual friend in Nairobi, Charles Szlapak.

Alan was fortunate to have a rich, diverse and fulfilling life, marked by service to his country, and to so many men and women both in Canada and overseas.

I extend my condolences to Pat and the rest of the family.

Jeffrey Fine

March 29, 2011

Dear Pat,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband.
He will alaways be in my memory as he hired me in the Transfusion Service at the Royal Victoria Hospital.
I am thinking of you,
Tere Quiroga

Karin Gebert

March 27, 2011

We lived on the same street and it was always such a pleasure to stop and chat and say hello when he used to walk his dog Simba, with whom he is now in peace. He always showed such courage, warmth and a smile. We will miss you.

March 26, 2011

Dear Pat, I was very sorry to read about your loss. You are very much in my thoughts. Sincerely, Susan Heckler