Late professor remembered:Gorman conference room named for Dr. Richard Henderson

By Rachel Cywinski


Student Mark Henderson remembered his late father, and joined the University of the Incarnate Word’s president, on Oct. 6 in dedicating the Rick Henderson Conference Room in the Gorman Building.

The conference room named for Dr. Rick Henderson, who died last March, is formerly Room 120 in the building that houses the offices and most professors in the H-E-B School of Business and Administration and Dreeben School of Education. Henderson taught in Dreeben’s doctoral program.

“My dad taught at a lot of schools but he stayed here, and that means a lot,” said Mark Henderson, a senior who’s graduating with an international affairs degree in December and plans to join the Peace Corps.  His older brother, Phillip Henderson, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from UIW.

Mark’s mother, Leslie Howard said, “Even though we’d been divorced for many years, Rick was always a wonderful father and kept in contact with his sons. His death was so sad to me because it was sudden and at a time when his sons were so young. To me, this is such a beautiful thing because they’ll always be able to come here, remember him and stay connected.”

Sister Walter Maher, UIW’s vice president for mission effectiveness, led the dedicatory gathering of professors, administrators and students in prayer before the dedicatory plaque was unveiled.

Dreeben doctoral student Leo Pereira, who attended the reception following the dedication, said it was Henderson’s dedication to his friend — shown by visiting him in his homeland of Bangladesh while he completed his dissertation research — that prompted him to attend UIW as a doctoral student in higher education himself.

Sister Dorothy “Dot” Ettling, a Dreeben doctoral professor, recalled Henderson as a global citizen and an educator dedicated to the university mission.

“Rick was barely here for 11 years, but he made a mark on UIW that I think will not be forgotten,” Ettling said.


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