Distinguished Alumni Award
Paul L. Kendall '64
Article from Wooster Magazine, Summer 1999
Kendall graduated from Wooster with a major in religion and earned a master’s of divinity from Union Theological Seminary in 1968. He worked in the Office of Staten Island Planning as a planner/deputy director immediately after seminary. From 1971 to 1974, he was director of the Manhattan Office of the New York City Department of Planning.
In 1974, Kendall entered the corporate banking world when he was named assistant vice president of First National City Bank. He was named vice president of Citibank, NA, in 1976. In 1979, Kendall joined the YMCA of Greater New York as vice president/properties management, He held two other vice presidencies with the YMCA during the next 11 years before he left the corporate world in 1990 for a life of volunteerism.
Kendall became management partner of Shire Resources, Consultants to Not-For-Profit Organizations, in 1990. From 1991 to 1993, he lived in Quito, Ecuador, where he was a private consultant to several Ecuadorian foundations. Upon returning to the United States in 1993, Mr. Kendall and his wife, Sharon Rives, moved to Braintree, Vermont, where he continues to be active in volunteer activities with such organizations as Gifford Medical Center, the Gifford Community Health Foundation, the Orange County Court Diversion Program, the Green Mountain Club, Inc., and Bethany United Church of Christ in Randolph, Vt.
In his acceptance speech, Kendall paid tribute to those who has supported him early in his career as a Wooster student and to others “who extended a helping hand pr said a kind word of encouragement to a struggling teenager.”