In Memoriam: Robert Kendall

Retired Jackson attorney Robert Thrift Kendall Jr. died Feb. 3 at the age of 95.

A Jackson native, Kendall  graduated Jackson HS in 1942. He met his future wife Sallie while in grade school.

Subsequent to service in the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he served in World War II?as a B-17 bombardier based in England, he returned to the University of Michigan, receiving the A.B. degree in 1948, his J.D.  in 1951 and his LLM in 1955.

He  taught at Oregon State University School of Business and Michigan State University School of Business.

In 1956, the family moved back to Jackson where he joined The National Bank of Jackson as a Trust Officer. He rose to Senior Vice President and Cashier until the Bank was acquired by Comerica in 1982. He established the bank's first corporate legal department as general counsel. He held the offices of First Vice President and Cashier of Comerica Bank, Detroit, and First Vice President and Secretary of Comerica, Inc., the bank holding company.

Kendall was a member of the First United Methodist Church  and was a Lay Leader and as a Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He served on the Board of Directors of the Jackson Unit of the American Red Cross and on the Board for the Methodist Children's Home. He was a member of Kiwanis for over 60 years.

At the U-M, he was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity and Phi Delta Phi. He was a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, and Jackson County Bar Association.

A memorial service was held on Feb. 15.

Donations to Ella Sharp Museum, Salvation Army or the Allegiance Hospice House are welcome.


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