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Kendall L. Svendsen, age 86, formerly of Greenville, passed away Monday morning, July 18, 2005 at Sunrise Senior Living at Bedford Court in Silver Spring, Maryland from complications of Parkinsons disease. The son of J. Thorvald & Jennie M. (Larsen) Svendsen, he was born on June 24, 1919 in Greenville.

After graduating from Greenville High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1943. On Jan. 31, 1943, at Turk Lake, he married the former Maxine E. Paulsen. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1943-46.

Following his discharge from the service, he began a career with the Geomagnetism Branch, Geophysics Division, U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in Washington, D.C and over the years he progressed through the ranks, becoming Chief of the Geomagnetism Division in 1970. In 1971, he and Maxine moved to Boulder, Colorado, when the geomagnetism program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (which had absorbed the Coast and Geodetic Survey) was transferred to that city. In Denver he served as Chief of the Solid Earth Data Services Division, encompassing the disciplines of geomagnetism, seismology, and marine geophysics. He became Technical Assistant for Geomagnetism in 1975, a position he held until semi-retirement in 1981. He was then employed as a research associate of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science of the University of Colorado from 1981 until full retirement in 1990.

Beginning in 1966, he traveled throughout the world visiting approximately 155 geophysical institutions in 73 countries for the purpose of promoting international exchange of geomagnetic data. Highlights of his trips included a visit to Antarctica in 1967 to inspect U.S. installations, as well as an invitation by the Chilean government in 1968 to visit their station on Easter Island to offer his advise on upgrading the station. In 1970 he was awarded the Bronze Medal of the Department of Commerce for promotion of international cooperations in geophysics. He also received the Antarctic Medial of the National Science Foundation, and in 1971 was honored with the naming of Svendsen Glacier in northern Victoria Land, Antarctica.

Mr. Svendsens memberships included: American Geophysical Union, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, Pan American Institute for Geography and History, Arctic Institute of North America, American Polar Society, and the Explorers Club. He served as secretary of the Section on Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism of A.G.U. from 1964-1972 and attended numerous conferences of the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy.

In 1990, he and Maxine moved to Silver Spring, Md. and continued to enjoy private foreign travel, with their daughters, ultimately visiting 200 countries. He was an active member in the Leisure World Camera Club and organized many slide shows and photo essays based on his extensive collection of slides from around the world.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Allison R. Svendsen; and a sister-in-law, Agnes Svendsen. Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Maxine E. Svendsen of Silver Spring, Md.; their three children, Nancy Svendsen, Jean Svendsen, and Jeffrey Svendsen; a nephew, John Svendsen; a niece, Sally Farabee; and several cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 25, 2005 at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, with burial following in Little Denmark Cemetery, Gowen. The Rev. Jerry Jones, pastor of the First Congregational Church, will officiate. Visitation is one hour prior to services beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Monday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the National Parkinsons Foundation, Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136-1494


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