UMAA Announces the Death of Past President William Kerdyk, Sr.
The University of Miami Alumni Association is saddened by the loss of UMAA Past President William ''Bill'' Kerdyk Senior, B.B.A. ’50, who died at his home on Sunday, April 22, from diabetes complications.
He is survived by his wife, Marlene; three children, William Jr., Kim Renee and Tracy Lee; and three grandchildren.
Kerdyk not only served as the UMAA President from 1960-1961, but was also a former University Trustee, a member of Iron Arrow, and an avid supporter of the University. In addition, he was also a preservationist known for protecting the Gables' strict zoning laws. He served on the Coral Gables City Commission for 28 years, from 1967 to 1995, as the city’s longest leader in office ushering three decades of tremendous growth and change. Thus, he made not only a long standing impact on his UM Coral Gables campus, but also on the City of Coral Gables.
Visitation for Mr. Kerdyk will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, at Van Orsdel Coral Gables Chapel, 4600 SW Eighth Street. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, April 27, at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Little Flower located at 2711 Indian Mound Trail.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in his memory to The Coral Gables Community Foundation, 1825 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, No. 447, Coral Gables, Florida, 33134.
The UMAA and University family alike will keep Kerdyk and his family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.