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Clifford M. Kendall, businessman and past chair of University System of Maryland Board of Regents, dies

Clifford Kendall at a 2001 meeting of the University of Maryland Board of Regents. File
Clifford Kendall at a 2001 meeting of the University of Maryland Board of Regents. File (Kim Hairston /)

Clifford M. Kendall, 85, a businessman, philanthropist and former chairman of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents and board member of the University of Maryland Medical System, died Wednesday evening, according to a statement from Dr. Wallace D. Loh, university president.

In 2007, Mr. Kendall and his wife, Camille, donated $3 million through their family fund to establish endowed scholarships for students attending the Universities at Shady Grove, in Rockville.

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According to a biography on the Universities’ website, Mr. Kendall graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in finance, then received an ROTC commission and served in the Air Force.

Mr. Kendall earned his MBA at George Washington University, according to the biography. It also noted that he previously held positions with American University, Washington University in St. Louis and Booz, Allen & Hamilton Inc., among others.

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Mr. Kendall was the former chair and CEO of computer Data Systems Inc., was the past chairman of the board of High Technology Council of Maryland and the Greater Washington Board of Trade.

The USG biography also notes that he had chaired a fundraising effort to build a new building for the George Washington University School of Business, and was an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University.

This story will be updated.

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