Kendal in Arequipa, Peru, 1949
The marriage, unfortunately, was not a happy one. In 1971, Kendal and Kendalita left Mexico and settled in the San Francisco Bay Area, where Kendal pursued a career in communications and occasionally performed in local theater. In December 1983, Kendal married her second husband, Frank Butler. Frank was the founder of The Butler Institute and had been her boss a decade earlier. They made their home in Walnut Creek, California.
Frank died on July 7, 1995.
Kendal in Cannes, France, ca. 1956
The dedication in David Dodges novel, Carambola (1961)—which is about a man who goes to extraordinary lengths to protect his seventeen-year-old daughter—reads simply This is for Kendal. Theres nothing that I can do to improve on that.
This is for Kendal.
Randal Brandt, January 2010
Remembrances of family and friends published in Atención San Miguel, August 31, 2007:
Butler, Kendal Dodge. Personal communications, 1997-2007.
Butler, Lewis. Personal communication, January 2010.
Camino Real Productions [photographs of Kendal starring in Michael Frayns Copenhagen]:
Selected bibliography of writings of Kendal Dodge Butler
A Single Woman in San Miguel Allende. In Luboff, Ken. Live Well in Mexico: How to Relocate, Retire, and Increase Your Standard of Living. Santa Fe, N.M.: John Muir Publications, 1999: [178-179].
Reprinted online: http://www.culturevulture.net/Destinations/SanMiguel.htm
Afterword to The Last Match, by David Dodge. New York: Hard Case Crime, 2006: -319.
March in San Miguel Unites Ex-Pats, Locals. Center for Social Justice, May 2006:
I Talk to Imelda. In DiMarco, Cris K.A., ed., Solamente en San Miguel: Writings from the Authors Sala of San Miguel de Allende. Port Orchard, Wash.: Orchard House Press, 2007: -91. [Excerpt from an unpublished mystery novel set in San Miguel de Allende]
Articles published in Atención San Miguel, August 31, 2007 (originally published Nov. 5, 2004 and May 20, 2005):
Kendal Dodge Butler grave marker in San Miguel de Allende
(photograph by Eric Anderson, © 2010)
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