[Marin County Obit Board]

Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Monday, November 05, 2007 at 11:32:00 :

Marin Independent Journal
Wednesday, July 16, 1997

San Rafael resident

Julia Kendall, a Marin political organizer and anti-pesticide advocate, died July 12. The Texas native was 61.

Mrs. Kendall came to Marin in 1971 from Texas and Louisiana, where she was active in the Republican Party and was honored in 1963 as the Outstanding Young Republican Woman in the nation.

Later she became a Democrat and, in 1984, was a member of the California Democratic Central Committee.

She lived in San Rafael.

She was an active member of the Hazardous Waste Subcommittee of the California State Air Resources board.

The Rainbow Coalition, the Nuclear Free Zone campaigns and Central American refugee sponsorship programs were among the causes in Marin in which she became involved.

Mrs. Kendall helped save San Anselmo’s Robson-Harrington estate from development.

In 1988-89, following injury from a pesticide used during the Medfly eradication program, she became concerned about issues involving toxic chemicals and health. She was founder of the Chemical Injury Litigation Project and headed Citizens for a Toxic Free Marin.

In recent years, she led a campaign against American Airlines to stop unannounced spraying of pesticides on passengers. Her efforts resulted in international publicity that led to the end of the practice in several countries.

She is survived by her son, Spencer Kendall Lynn; a sister, Cynthia Kendall; her parents, Herman and May Kendall; and a companion, Rudi Zuberick.

Services and burial will be in Overton, Texas.

A memorial celebrating her life and work will be at 1 p.m. July 20 at Point Reyes’ North Beach.

Memorial contributions may be made to Health and Habitat.

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