William D. Henderson: Man, Engineer, Priest Minister

by Nhora I. Cortes-Comerer, Production Editor; CIVIL ENGINEERING—ASCE, New York, N.Y.,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 3, Pg. 63-64


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: This biographical sketch traces the history of ASCE Life Member William D. Henderson who at the age of 66 withdrew as project engineer for Jackson and Moreland Co., Boston, Mass., to accept a second calling as an Episcopalian minister. Reverend Henderson left behind 36 years experience from draftsman designer to project manager. He had worked on harnessing the tide at Passamaquoddy Bay, designing a wind tunnel for United Aircraft and design projects for the Duke Power Co. A 1914 graduate of Tufts College, his first jobs included superintendent of construction of coal handling plants on the Atlantic Seaboard and the Great Lakes. He was asked to join the Jackson firm after the war and remained there until 1956 when he entered Sewanee Seminary in Tennessee. His first ministry was in two coal field communities in southwest Virginia. In 1969 he and his wife Margaret moved to Roanoke where today at 85 he continues his fervent mission of ministering to the elderly.

Subject Headings: Social factors | Public participation | Engineers | Retirement | Biographies

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