Henderson, Ph.D., Julia J.
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Aug. 15, 1915 - Aug. 28, 2013
Julia J. Henderson, 98, of Venice, Fla., and formerly of New York City and Chapel Hill, N.C., died peacefully Aug. 28 of Alzheimer's disease. Julia was born in Du Quoin, Ill., to the late Frank and Agnes Henderson. She was predeceased by her brother George (Red). She is survived by her sister Frances Morgan of Du Quoin, sister Ruth Werner of Venice, and by ten nieces and nephews.
Julia's exceptional accomplishments are numerous. During a globe-trotting career that took her to 85 nations over 5 decades she helped organize the founding of the United Nations, where she rose to senior positions of Director of the Bureau of Social Affairs and Associate Commissioner and Director of Technical Assistance. She served eight years as Secretary General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation in London, retiring in 1978.
Julia earned a bachelor of arts degree cum laude and a masters in political science in 1937 from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and was named a Distinguished Alumnae in 1985. She earned a doctorate in political science from the University of Minnesota and was the first woman admitted to the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Until its dissolution in 1991, she was a director of the Better World Society, founded by broadcasting executive Ted Turner. Her colleagues on the board included President Jimmy Carter and oceanographer Jaques Cousteau.
Her remarkable career and achievements in public service were recognized in 1991 when the United Nations named her Population Laureate for her leadership in international social development and population programs. She was, however, much more than her many accomplishments; she was a devoted daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She will be sorely missed.
Julia lived at Clare Bridge of Venice for the past 5 years. There the exemplary nurses and staff and Tidewell Hospice helped her through her final days. Contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice, The
Julia will be cremated and her cremains returned to Du Quoin, where there will be a memorial service and burial in the family plot.
Arrangements entrusted to Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Venice. www.kays-ponger.com
Published in Herald Tribune from Sept. 8 to Sept. 9, 2013