Sherry L. Kendall, 69, government attorney, runner

April 27, 2006

Sherry L. Kendall, a retired government attorney and running enthusiast, died of ovarian cancer Sunday at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 69 and had homes in downtown Baltimore and on the Susquehanna River at Port Deposit.

Born Sherry Boyd in Baltimore and raised on Montford Avenue, she was a 1954 graduate of Eastern High School and earned a bachelor's degree at the old Mount St. Agnes College in Mount Washington.

In the early 1960s, she joined the Mount Royal Democratic Club, where her political activism led to pursuit of a law degree. In 1965, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law -- one of seven women in her class. She also earned a master's degree in administrative science from the Johns Hopkins University.

Family members said she was a railroad enthusiast, and her first job after law school was as a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad attorney. She then became an attorney for the Maryland Department of Human Resources. She was more recently an attorney for the District of Columbia Office of Contracting and Procurement, riding MARC trains to and from work.

Ms. Kendall was a longtime member of the Baltimore Road Runners, competed in numerous 5K and 10K races, and completed eight marathons.

She was member of Greenpeace, the Sierra Club and Defenders of Animal Rights.

Services were last night .

Survivors include a daughter, Dana T. Kemmer of Abingdon; three brothers, Douglas Boyd of Newport, N.C., Mark Zalenski of Key Largo, Fla., and Lawrence Zalenski of Abingdon; a sister, Diane Hart of Pratts, Va.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Her marriages to John Sharp and Joseph P. Kendall ended in divorce.

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