Theodore John Henry (1919 - 2014)

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Theodore John Henry was born March 30, 1919 in Des Moines, NM, a small farming and ranching community in Northeast New Mexico. His parents, David Everett Henry and Mary Lewright Henry had arrived 4 years earlier in a covered wagon. Ted grew up with two older brothers and two older sisters on a farm. He attended grade school in a one room country school and rode the bus into the town of Des Moines for high school. He attended New Mexico State University on scholarship for one year. He graduated from Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM, with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. He taught school at Conchas Dam before entering the Army December 6, 1941, one day before Pearl Harbor. He served in the US Army Air Corp overseas as a photographer in intelligence during World War II. Following the War, Ted was involved in business management before returning to his first love-teaching chemistry and physics to high school students. He taught in Lordsburg, NM, for 3 years and subsequently had a long career as a teacher in Falls Church, Virginia, where he and two colleagues established the advanced placement science courses at George Mason High School. The science program was then rated as one of the top three in the United States. He delighted in focusing on individual student's needs and aspirations, encouraging them to fulfill their potential. Many of his students became outstanding in their fields, which gave Ted enormous pleasure. Ted was married to the love of his life, Doris Ward Henry. In later years, Ted and Doris enjoyed long car trips to many places in the United States. When Ted retired, he and Doris moved to Las Cruces, NM and enjoyed Southwestern living. Following Doris' death in 2004, Ted eventually moved to an independent living apartment at the Village of Northrise. He had many friends there who experienced Ted as a real gentleman. A common thing said about him there and elsewhere was, "Everyone loves Ted." He took pleasure in playing bridge several times a week and working out at a gym three times a week. He was remarkably youthful up until his death.Ted is survived by his beloved nieces and nephews, Marsha Henry Webb, Ron Henry, David Henry, Duane Henry, Mary Ellen Ward Kemp, Cindy Ward Moore, Linda Ward Ripepi, Carolyn Burquette , Donna Ellen Ward McCabe, Duffy Ward, Jimmy Ward, and Neil Ward. He is also survived by his beloved brother-in-law Donald and his wife, Ann Ward, beloved brother-in-law Benjamin Ward and his wife, Rosemary, and grand nieces and nephews in the Henry and Ward Families. Ted served as a volunteer with Mesilla Valley Hospice several years ago. He spent his last days in the care of the wonderful nurses and staff of the hospice. He died August 20, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 3pm, August 22, Village of Northrise, Hallmark Building, 2882 N. Roadrunner Parkway, Las Cruces. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Mesilla Valley Hospice, 299 E. Montana, Las Cruces, NM 88005.
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La Paz - Graham's Funeral Home - Las Cruces
555 West Amador
Las Cruces, NM 88005
575-526-6891
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Aug. 21, 2014
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