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Lytton Kendall

Lytton Alden Kendall (BS Mining Engineering, 1961) died of Parkinson’s disease at Evergreen Hospice House in Albany, Oregon, April 16, 2021.

After earning his Bachelor degree, Kendall worked as an engineer for ten years. He then went to Iowa State University to earn his Masters degree in industrial engineering and then his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. In 1971, he received a Fulbright Fellowship, which took him and his young family to Kandy, Sri Lanka, as a Professor of Industrial Engineering at Peradeniya University.

During his long career he taught and conducted research at Washington State University (Pullman) and Michigan State Technical University (Houghton). He finished his career at the University of Minnesota Duluth where he was the department chair of Industrial Engineering 1990–1998. He retired in 2003 and continued as Professor Emeritus. He worked with a wide variety of industrial companies on production design problems and was involved in early research in artificial intelligence, which included a year of teaching and research in Japan at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology.

His family and many friends remember him as an active man with many interests in addition to engineering. He will be widely missed.