Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 1, 2018
KENDALL CLIFFORD M. KENDALL Born August 9,
1931, died March 28, 2018.
He is survived by his wife, Camille E. Kendall of 64
years; four sons, Craig B. Kendall, Curt W. Kendall,
Clark A. Kendall and Charlie S. Kendall; three
daughters-in-law, Connie Kendall, Diane Kendall
and Becky Kendall. He is also survived by his 11
grandchildren, Chelsea Kendall, Melanie Kendall Hungerford (married to Scott
Hungerford) Whitney Kendall Fields (married to Ryan Fields), Kelly Camille-Kendall
Zembas (married to Matt Zembas), Austin Kendall, Ryan Kendall, Kara Kendall,
Casey Kendall, Megan Kendall, Cabell Kendall and Cliff Kendall.
Clifford Kendall started his education at Wilson Teachers College in Washington DC
where he met and later married Camille Kendall. Cliff, not wanting to be teacher,
transferred to the University of Maryland to study finance and economics graduating in
1954. In college he was a member of the ROTC and later served our country for seven
years in the Air Force achieving the rank of First Lieutenant. Clifford later received his
MBA from George Washington University.
Clifford Kendall's business accomplishments were many. In 1968 he was a
co-founder, then President and CEO, of Computer Data Systems Inc. (CDSI), a
software data processing company that grew to over 4,000 employees until it was
acquired by Affiliated Computer Systems (ACS) in 1998.
For the past 20 years he served on the boards of the following corporations;
Burdeshaw Associates, Washington Real Estate Trust, Affiliated Computer Services,
On-Site Sourcing, Objective Communications, and at the time of his death was
Chairman of the board of VSE Corporation.
Clifford Kendall was raised in Washington, DC by a single mother with modest means.
He viewed his key for opportunity as education and he wanted as many people as
possible to embrace the education opportu- nity in our greater Washington, DC area.
Kendall was one of the founding members and board member of the Montgomery
County Community Foundation. He also served as board member and chairman of the
Board of Regents for the University System of Maryland, board member of University
of Maryland Foundation, member of the Montgomery College Education Connection,
Adjunct professor at John Hopkins University, board member of the Association of
Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges Board of Directors, board member of
the George Washington University School of Business, and board member at Wesley
One of his greatest accomplishments that embodies his vision was creating the
Universities at Shady Grove where the hallmark building is named after the love of his
life, Camille E. Kendall.
Clifford Kendall's major business awards are listed below: 1994 -- Master
Entrepreneur of the Year for the Greater Washington Region; 1995 -- Leadership in
Technology, Technology Council of Maryland; 1996 -- Leader of the Years, The
Washington DC, Board of Trade; 1996 -- Outstanding Alumni, George Washington
University; 1999 -- Elected to the Washington Business Hall of Fame; 1999 -- The
Montgomery County/Prince Georges County CEO Roundtable Award for Outstanding
Leadership; 1999 -- "Good Scout" Award, National Capital Area Council, 2004 -- The
Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Emeritus Business Leader Award; 2008
-- George Washington University's Inaugural President's Outstanding Service Award;
2010 -- Inducted into the Government Contractors' Hall of Fame, Fairfax Chamber of
Commerce and Washington Technology; 2012 - MCCC Visionary Award,
Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce; 2012 -- Inducted into Montgomery
County "Business Hall of Fame"; 2015 - Inducted into the University of Maryland
Alumni Hall of Fame; 2017 --- Lifetime Achievement Honoree, Greater Washington
DC, Community Foundation.
Clifford Kendall created a legacy in the business world, in the non-profit world, and with
his family. He also created a legacy of loving people in the community by making a
difference, one person at a time.
Please come celebrate the life and legacy of Clifford M. Kendall, at the University of
Maryland Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on Saturday April 7, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: The Universities of Maryland Foundation,
Inc. Purpose: The Kendall Alumni Scholarship for Working Students Charity Tax ID:
52-1125663 Address: 3300 Metzerott Road Adelphi, MD 20783 Adelphi, MD 20783