In Memoriam: John Kendig


Compiled with information from Miller Finkenbinder Funeral Home

John Freymeyer Kendig, CHP, 86, of Lititz, Pennsylvania, died 7 January 2016. He was born 2 July 1929 to John A. Kendig and Roberta F. (Freymeyer) Kendig and raised in Salunga, Pennsylvania.

John graduated from Elizabethtown College in 1951 with a BS in chemistry and from the University of Kansas in Lawrence in 1961 with an MS in radiation biophysics. John served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, initially as a navigator in the Korean War and later as a radiation biophysicist in the Air Force Medical Service Corps, attaining the rank of major before he retired from the service in 1971.

After retiring from the military, John worked for the U.S. Public Health Service and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). John joined the Health Physics Society in 1959, making him nearly a founding member, and maintained his membership until 2015. As a certified health physicist, he experienced many important events in his career, including serving as an NRC first responder at Three Mile Island in 1979. John retired from the NRC in 1991.

John was predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years, Anne M. Kendig, and by his sister Vivian Jean Kendig. He is survived by two children: Patricia Anne Eldred and husband Wesley of Burlington, Vermont, and John W. Kendig and wife Laurie of Prosper, Texas. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Jennifer Lauren Eldred of Williston, Vermont; Amanda Paige Kendig of Dallas, Texas; and John Albert Kendig of Prosper, Texas.

Further information, including burial arrangements and memorial contributions, can be found on the Miller Finkenbinder Funeral Home website.