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The David J. Kendell Collection consists of photographs, letters, diplomas, contracts certifications, pamphlets, new clippings, and other items all pertaining to Kendall’s time as a student at the Kansas State Teacher’s College, and his subsequent teaching career.

David Kendall was born to David E.Al” and Lottie Kendall in 1929 in Pittsburg, Kansas. In 1933, his father opened a small grocery store (Al’s Grocery) on 112 E Williams St, where Hughes Hall on the PSU campus is now located. Kendall attended the Horace Mann School and the College High School, both run by the college. He then attended the Kansas State Teachers College (now Pittsburg State University), receiving bachelors and master’s degrees in education. During his student days, Kendall played football for the Gorillas under coach Carnie Smith. After College, David Kendall married Wanda Lehmer in 1951 and had a son (David Kendall Jr.). Kendall had a doctorate in education and during his career was a coach, counselor and a school administrator. In 1974, he retired from the Lawrence Public School system as the assistant superintendent of the schools. After his retirement from the Lawrence school system, Kendall served as the counselor for the Athletic Department at Pittsburg State University for 13 years, before retiring in the spring of 1994. During his time at PSU, Kendall was instrumental in helping foster and develop strong academic achievement by PSU student-athletes. He was inducted into the PSU Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995. He passed away in 2006.

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Business and Industry, Education, Social Life and Customs


Business | Education | History

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1 linear foot

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Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0357

Kendell, David J. Collection, 1933-1974



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