Date Created: 10/09/2017
Last Updated: 10/19/2017

In loving memory of Donald E. “Deke” Kendall
5/12/1930 - 9/22/2017

Location: Agoura Hills, California

Visits: 12,769

This memorial was created in honor of Donald E. "Deke" Kendall of Agoura Hills, California. Deke, as he was affectionately known, was born on May 12, 1930 in Pekin, Illinois and passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, September 22, 2017. Deke was loved by many and will be dearly missed by all friends and family.
Friends and family are invited to join us on Saturday, October 21, 2017, to pay our respects to a truly remarkable Father, Husband, Teacher, Grandfather, Mentor, and Friend. The Memorial Service begins at 11:00am at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, 5801 Kanan Road, Westlake Village, Ca 91362. Followed immediately by "A Celebration of Life", a tribute honoring the many achievements, contributions, and milestones Deke accomplished throughout his life. For further info please contact Jerome Lingad at (818)292-3303. Don’t forget to sign your name at the Guest Book before you leave. Thank you for visiting!


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From: Dave Kendall Saturday, October 21, 2017
I love you dad. I'm going to miss you.

From: Jerome Lingad Monday, October 16, 2017
10.11.17 at 11:59 pm
Rosemarie Allen says
I have never had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Kendall, however I feel fortunate that he has played such an amazing and important role in bringing Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to the forefront in the west so that today we may all benefit from his work. Sincere thanks and appreciation to Dr. Deke Kendall for all his efforts and the work he has done to promote our profession.
May your soul RIP Dr. Deke Kendall.

My name is Rosemarie Allen

From: Jerome Lingad Monday, October 16, 2017
10.11.17 at 9:31 pm
Star Urmston says

I feel so fortunate to have studied electoacupuncture with Deke Kendall many years ago. Little did I know I was in for a mind expanding exploration of basic Chinese Medicine principles, theoretical structures and common misconceptions and mistranslations, in addition to a phenomenal and practical guide to implementing electroacupuncture for pain relief and addiction recovery. He blew my mind in the most practical and logical ways, and in that one class forever altered and reinforced how I approach and talk about “how Chinese Medicine” works to patients and family and colleagues alike. I still regularly refer to his notes and wonderful book. Ever so grateful to have crossed paths with this man so passionate about perpetuating the best of what Chinese Medicine has to offer.

From: Jerome Lingad Monday, October 16, 2017
10.10.17 at 3:40 pm
Cynthia Birkhimer says

I had the great fortune of meeting Deke over 20 years ago and realized that I was in the presence of an amazing human being, teacher and mentor with the kindest most gentle soul. Deke was a fierce protector of Acupuncture as a real medicine. He instilled in us, his students, the strong values and vision to propel us into the future toward integration of Acupuncture into the mainstream. I feel so deeply honored to have been able to sit in the classroom as Deke taught us “The Dao of Chinese Medicine” in 2004-2006. It changed my life and my practice. Deke leaves a legacy having changed Acupuncture forever and has inspired his many students to carry on with his work. I am blessed to have met and known Deke.

From: Jerome Lingad Monday, October 16, 2017
10.10.17 at 2:58 pm
Peter Doyle says

Deke Kendall didn’t have time for petty. I have been in practice for over 20 years and have watched the profession flounder to find it’s way. The various factions that have alternately proposed their views and agendas on the National landscape. When someone pointed out the Tao of Chinese Medicine as an important work, I discounted the guidance. Maybe because so much of what is promoted seems to be more about the seller than the buyer. More about the status quo than really looking at what serves the public, and because of that the profession. Not the other way around. I finally got a clue and read his book. It’s an amazing look into Chinese Medicine. Useful, accessible, important and timely. Finally someone wrote down what so many of us were uneasy with. How to contextualize this art in the West, using our concepts. How to really begin integrating and transforming Chinese Medicine in Western settings. Not to lose anything in the narrative, but to enrich the practice by applying it to Western chronic diseases and today’s patient. Kendall took that risk. He didn’t know any other way to be. He wasn’t cowed and his courage allowed others to continue this work. I called him a few years ago. Tracked down his phone number, and dialed. He answered on the 2nd ring and we spoke briefly. I told him my experiences. He listened and encouraged me in continuing to move the bar. Encouraged me to ask my students and myself, “What is this we practice?” “How can I best serve my fellows?” Like George Lewith, the great researcher and acupuncturist from the UK, (who died in March), he was only interested in bettering us all. Leaving his sphere a bit better for those that follow, both practitioner and patient. I never met him. But because of his book, time and dedication, I felt I knew him. I’m forever grateful to him for all of it.

From: Jerome Lingad Monday, October 16, 2017
10.10.17 at 12:27 pm
Steven Stumpf says

Donald “Deke” Kendall was an aerospace engineer. When I suggested he was a rocket scientist he laughed. Like so many healthcare providers he entered the world of medicine after he contracted a debilitating illness. This is a common phenomenon. We are often inspired by events – frequently unexpected – that change our lives. Deke found health in Chinses medicine. He decided to look further. He looked at TCM from the perspective of a scientist. He assumed nothing. He vetted everything. He concluded that this ancient approach to diagnosis, treatment and mechanism of action was profoundly misrepresented in the popular TCM literature. He wrote a book – The Dao of Chinese Medicine – that to this day is one of a kind; a treatise on Chinese medicine and especially acupuncture that places the practice squarely in the medical mainstream. He accomplished two of his principal goals: (1) establishing that acupuncture efficacy was the result of an interaction between the cardiovascular and neurological systems, and (2) that the ancient Chinese physicians discovered this principle along with the longitudinal organization of the body, the function of blood flow, and much more.

Deke was a fighter. His theories and his book were considered heretical. As a scientist, Deke chose to fight for his views on the basis of observable anatomy and theory driven medical mechanisms. His book was roundly ignored. However, Deke could not be ignored. He found an excited group of acupuncture providers who understood he had provided evidence and practical theory to understanding what these practitioners practiced. For this group of students and licensed practitioners Deke provided answers to their questions and a path towards intelligent practice.

More than ten years ago I hired Deke to lecture to a group of doctorate students at Emperors College. I did not know him; I only knew of him. My doctorate students told me his book was banned and his theories were blasphemous. I suggested these notions were hardly in tradition of educational inquiry. Deke agreed to lecture under the condition that I understand the risk I was taking. Huh? “Steve – you know you will be fired for this.” I laughed. He was right. We continued our relationship which became a friendship. We published two academic papers together; both about topics that ran against the grain for the acustablishment. On this point we absolutely stood together: acupuncture belongs in the medical mainstream. It is a modality that needs to be recognized. It fits with modern medical theory and should be utilized as the first – not the last – option in numerous illnesses and injuries. In recent years Deke finally grew weary of fighting for this cause. Fortunately, he inspired too many students and associates who continue to follow his lead.

From: Jerome Lingad Monday, October 16, 2017
10.10.17 at 12:20 pm
Kris Justesen says

I’m sorry to hear of Dekes passing. Unfortunately, I did not know him personally.
I honor and appreciate any of our colleagues who have taken a place at the helm. The profession as a whole needs to be appreciative of the sacrifices made folks such as Deke. It seems he did much for our profession and I am grateful for his influence and impact moving our profession into the light and into mainstream medicine.
Thank you Deke for your hard work and diligence to dignify our profession, even though many in other professions attempted to derail such efforts. We are honored to have had you as our Esteemed Colleague and Friend.

From: Rick Giovanetto Wednesday, October 11, 2017
As a young boy, my Uncle Don (Deke Kendall) was my hero. His Cary Grant good looks, and his California home made him cool beyond words. Not only that, he worked in the Space industry. These alone made him my favorite uncle, but he also played the guitar and sang. Yes, my Uncle Don was a special man. He didn't make it back to Illinois often, and his busy professional life made it difficult to catch him on my rare trips to California, but my image, fascination and California dreams have always borne his face and name. I have vivid memories of him sitting on our living room couch singing Simon & Garfunkel's song, "The Boxer." That song has remained one of my favorites for nearly 50 years, and I never hear it without thinking of my Uncle Don - thank you Deke Kendall

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