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News - January 16, 2013

Obituary: Andrew Kridl, longtime Atherton resident

Obituaries are based on family information.

Andrew George Kridl, a 46-year resident of Atherton, died on Jan. 2. He was 88.

A native of Warsaw, Poland, Mr. Kridl immigrated in 1941 to the U.S., where he completed high school at Deerfield Academy. He earned a bachelor's degree at Wesleyan University and a doctorate in chemistry from Harvard.

In 1945 he served in the U.S. Army and became an American citizen.

In 1947 he married Elizabeth (Teddy) Campbell. The couple moved to California, where he joined Shell Development Company in 1950. Seven years later he transferred to New York City and the family lived in Stamford, Connecticut. He later worked for Diamond Alkali in Cleveland.

The family was able to return to California in 1967 when Mr. Kridl joined Raychem Corp. in Menlo Park. They settled in Atherton and Mr. Kridl completed his career as a vice president at SRI International.

In retirement, the Kridls bought a vacation home in New Zealand and returned there for two months every January. Mr. Kridl also traveled to Poland most years to visit family and friends. He was a Life Master bridge player and continued playing until his death. He also volunteered at the Menlo Park Library for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Teddy; children Barbara of Oakland, Jean of Davis and Tom of Los Altos; sister Elizabeth Kridl Valkenier of New York; niece Lisa Valkenier of Oakland; and four grandchildren.

Services will be private. Donations in Mr. Kridl's name may be made to the Menlo Park Library or a favorite charity.

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