Nathaniel R. Kidder

  • Born: April 4, 1921
  • Died: April 18, 1998
  • Location: Potomac, Maryland

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Nathaniel Remington Kidder (circa 1964)

Nathaniel was born on April 4, 1921 and passed away on Saturday, April 18, 1998.

Nathaniel was a resident of Potomac, Maryland.

Nathaniel Remington Kidder was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1921, but was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he graduated from Olney High School in 1938. He graduated with a political science/government BA degree from Harvard in 1942. He then served in the US Army Signal Corps during World Was II, earned an MA degree in social psychology from Harvard in 1950, and spent a year on Yap Island in the Pacific as part of these studies. He got married in 1953 and then moved to Charlestown, New Hampshire, and fathered a daughter and later 3 sons. He then moved to Arlington, Massachusetts in 1955, and then to Hudson,Ohio in 1961, where he lived in 2 houses. He then moved to Potomac, Maryland in 1969, and lived there until his death. He was apparently a Republican in the 1950s, a Hubert Humphrey Democrat in the 1960's and 1970s, and a Republican again in the 1980's and 1990s. He was a good example of an only child who took care of his aging mother Louise M Remington Kidder until she died in 1981 at the age of 92 of congestive heart failure. I interviewed him for his autobiographical cassette tape recording in 1992 just a month or so before his heart attack, which resulted in a quintuple heart bypass surgery. He died in 1998 of a nervous system disorder. He taught me the importance of saving money, being insured, and to not take unnecessary safety risks. For example he promptly quit smoking in 1964 when he heard of the Surgeon General's report that smoking is hazardous to one's health, and he always used automobile seat belts. While living in Hudson, Ohio, he even had seat belts installed in his car (circa 1963) as an aftermarket feature. He was also adverse to gun, mini-bike, and go-cart ownership. He received an electrical engineering certificate, and was a classical music and Hi-Fi enthusiast. One of his favorite chapters from the Bible was I Corinthians 13, so he wrote a paraphrase of this chapter where he mentioned seeing a reflection in a steamed up mirror in verse 12.