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Thomas H. Kendig, 93, an inventor and manufacturer, died Tuesday (Dec. 11, 1990) in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Elizabeth, N.J., Kendig worked for J.P. Morgan Co. during World War I and then was associated with Munson Steamship Line.

In 1930, he took over the family business, Benton Manufacturing Co., and developed it into the major manufacturer of leather index tabs, commonly used in date books.

"The machinery he invented continues to be the state of the art in the industry today," said his daughter, Joan K. Bozer.

Benton also was a major manufacturer of tea bag tabs.

After his retirement in 1975, Kendig and his wife, the former Ruth Conklin, moved to Buffalo. Mrs. Kendig died in 1982.

Kendig was interested in the economic recovery of Western New York and was convinced that export trade held the key, his daughter said. He encouraged Mrs. Bozer, an Erie County legislator, to organize the International Trade Council of Western New York two years ago.

"My dad was the driving force behind it," she said. "The last two years he was a consultant."

Kendig remained interested in the business world and read the Wall Street Journal "cover to cover" every day, as well as other financial and trade publications, Mrs. Bozer said.

"I'd come home and he'd brief me every night," she said.

In addition to Mrs. Bozer, Kendig is survived by another daughter, Deborah Kendig of Norwalk, Conn.; a son, David of New Rochelle; four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Private services will be held. Interment will be in Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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