Johnson writes book on Kendall presidency; Twin Cities book signing April 14

Posted on March 5th, 2013 by

KendellDr. John Kendall ’49 served Gustavus as a faculty member for 23 years and as president for 10 years.  Rev. Dennis Johnson ’60, also a former president of Gustavus, has written a book about the record of John Kendall as a professor and a president.  As such, it is a study in leadership.   It is about a man who came up through the academic ranks to lead one of America’s best colleges.  The book narrates how Kendall took on the challenges, met them with humor and persevered to advance the college he loved.  Johnson, and Kendall’s widow and former First Lady Joanne Kendall, will host a book signing in the Twin Cities on April 14, 4-6 p.m. wine, coffee and appetizer reception with a program at 5 p.m., Loring Green West, Fireside Room, 1235 Yale Place, Minneapolis.  Books available for purchase for $21.50 (cash or check) and includes tax.  Please reserve a space by calling 800-487-8437 or email  The book is also available at the Gustavus Book Mark.



  1. Dave Baumann '63 says:

    Dr. Kendall was my favorite teacher in all of my education-1st-12th, BA from GA, 2 masters, an Ed. spec. degree, a public sector human resources certificate from the Carlson school of business. I have had a lot of ‘teachers’ and he was the greatest. In fact, he is on every account where security questions are required–how is that for an academic honor?

    We will not be back in Minnesota the day of the book signing. I will be sending in an order and would really appreciate if Mrs. Kendall would sign it. Dr. Kendall was a great teacher and a great human being-he is one of the two Gustavus professors that had the greatest influence on my life…the other was Vic Gustafson.

    Please advise me how I could get a signed copy of the book. Thank you.

  2. Thomas Wilbur Class of 71 says:

    I had him as a teacher in 1971. A kind and humble man. I was at first suprised that he became President of the College. He did not seem like a politician maneuvering for power or needing to be in the lime light. Just a really great man that cared about people and did the best he could….which ended up being alot of good.
    Great memories of a great man.

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