Tag Archives: Class of 1940

Eleanor Walsh Wertimer ’40

WertimerEleanor Walsh Wertimer, a resident of Pelham and a longtime resident of Clinton, N.Y., died on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. She was 91.

Wertimer was born on Jan. 25, 1922 in Buffalo, N.Y.  to John and Geraldine Walsh.

She graduated from the Buffalo Seminary in 1939, Northampton School for Girls in 1940 and Smith College in 1944. She received her law degree from the University of Buffalo in 1946 and was one of the few women admitted to the New York State Bar in 1947. She worked as an associate at a Buffalo law firm.

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Annette Churchill Hodesh ’40

ChurchillAnnette Churchill Hodesh died peacefully in her sleep at her son’s home in Ann Arbor on February 27, 2014 at the age of 91.

She was born Annette Churchill to Marie and Nelson Churchill in Northampton, MA, attended the Northampton School for Girls and Smith College then moved with her husband Robert Hodesh and their young family to Ann Arbor in 1948.

Annette wrote spirited profiles of notable Ann Arborites and restaurant reviews for the Ann Arbor Observer in the 1970’s and 1980’s. She was a celebrated raconteur who enjoyed entertaining and cooking for friends at her beloved stone cottage on Devonshire Road. Annette was a proud descendant of her German grandmother and French mother’s culinary heritage and from that perspective became a life student of American cooking. She was interested in recipes of all pedigree from Julia Child to the back of a Bisquick box judging each with an unerring sense of what good American food could be. Her attention to detail compelled her to taste a carrot before adding it to a stew so that an adjustment for it’s sweetness could be made.

Annette was predeceased by her husband Robert in 1997 and is survived by her son Mark, daughter-in-law Margaret Parker and granddaughter Jeanne Hodesh of Brooklyn, NY.

Henry Drozdal ’40

DrozdalHenry (Hank) E. Drozdal, 93, of Jensen Beach, Fla. and formerly of Hadley, Mass., passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 2013.

Mr. Drozdal was born in Hadley, Mass. where he lived for most of his life before retiring to Jensen Beach in 1983. Henry was a graduate of Hopkins Academy in Hadley, Mass. and of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was the son of the late Michael and Klementine (Federkiewicz) Drozdal.

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Dr. David L. Kendall ’40

KendallDr. David Leslie Kendall, 93, passed away with his family at his bedside on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. He was born in Montpelier, Vt., in 1920.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Cornelia Vaughan Kendall, and brother, Vaughan. David is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joan James; their four children, Jeanie Young, Deborah Kendall-Gallagher, Vaughan and Elizabeth; six grandchildren, Frank, David, Hunter, Margot, Kathryn (Katie) and Colin; and two great-grandchildren, Hawke and Bodie.

David graduated from McGill University and received his medical degree from the University of Vermont in 1953 after serving in World War II. David and Joan moved to Farmington in 1958, where he opened his general surgery practice. Committed to his patients, David served the community for more than 40 years. David was inducted in the San Juan Regional Medical Center Hall of Fame in 2006.

David, known to be disciplined but independent of spirit, was a loving husband, parent and grandparent. David brought a vitality to life expressed through his loyalty to family, excitement of flying, dedication to golf and love of fly fishing on the quality waters of the San Juan River.

David will be buried in St. George’s Cemetery in Trenton, Ontario, Canada.