KINDLE, WALTER L. 'PUP' (1900 ~ 1981). Walter Kindle was born in McKinney, Collin County, Texas June 8, 1900. Educated by the schools of Collin County, he later attended Southeastern College in Durant, Oklahoma and worked as a banker in McKinney and Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1933 Kindle joined Humble Oil and Refining, now the Exxon Corporation, U.S.A. He continued there until his retirement in 1965, having held several positions in the Marketing Department including District Sales Manger and Sales Training Coordinator.
After his retirement, Mr. Kindle devoted his energies to volunteerism as one of the founders of Houston Chapter #37 of the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). He served as president of SCORE in 1970-1971. Kindle was also active with the Small Business Association (SBA) and received the "Small Businessman Award" in both 1965 and 1967. Through his activities with both SCORE and the SBA, Mr. Kindle counseled in excess of 65 business and lead monthly workshops for prospective business owners among other duties. In 1971 Mr. Kindle received a Presidential Commendation from President Nixon recognizing his many contributions to the businessmen within the Houston District. In January of 1972 Mr. Kindle organized the Austin SCORE Chapter #249 and served as its' chairman for the first year and was later named "Man of the Year" by SCORE in May of 1973.
Governor Preston Smith appointed Kindle to the Governor's 9-member Committee on Aging in 1972 for a five-year term. He was reappointed by Governor Briscoe in 1977. Other volunteer and civic activies included the Arabia Shrine Temple, Downtown Austin Lion's Club, Better Business Bureau's Consumer Arbitration Council, Adult Services Council and the Advisory Board for KTVV-TV in Austin. Mr. Kindle died October 24, 1981 in Austin, Texas. Following his death, Governor Bill Clements said of Mr. Kindle, "'Pup' Kindle's service benefited all Texans, especially our older citizens. He provided an example of personal fulfillment and vital contributions to be attained through volunteerism." Walter Kindle lived by his philosophy of volunteerism, "Service is the rent we pay for our place on earth." Kindle was survived by his wife, Jean Raleigh Kindle, two brothers and one sister.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: various biographical materials provided by the Kindle family.