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$1 Million from Retired Nurse Elizabeth Kendall to Radiation Oncology
January 23, 2007, Volume 53, No. 19

Elizabeth Kendall

An exceptionally dedicated, retired Penn nurse was honored at a recent reception for making a donation of $1 million to her former employer, the University of Pennsylvania’s department of radiation oncology.

“We are here to honor a friend, former employee and former chief nurse,” said Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, current chair of Penn’s radiation oncology department, in his opening remarks. “This extraordinary gift will establish the John C. and Elizabeth Kendall Fellowship Fund in Radiation Oncology at Penn. It will be used to train nurses, technicians and physicians in leading-edge technologies and novel radiation therapies to fight cancer.”

Mrs. Kendall began her nursing career at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania directly after graduating from Penn’s School of Nursing in 1968. In 1977, the Hospital and Penn’s School of Medicine launched its department of radiation oncology. Mrs. Kendall worked in the department from that time until her retirement in 1993. 

Mr. Kendall, also a Penn alumnus, graduated from Wharton in 1956.

Dr. Robert Goodman, the first to chair Penn’s department of radiation oncology from 1977 to 1991, was also in attendance. He said, “This gift is such a great honor to the department, and a great honor to the Kendall family—unique and remarkable—the likes of which I’ve never seen from a former employee.”

Almanac - January 23, 2007, Volume 53, No. 19