Douglas Henderson

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HENDERSON DOUGLAS HENDERSON (Age 95) A career United States Foreign Service Officer, died of cancer on July 14, 2010 at home in Weston, Massachusetts. He joined the Foreign Service in 1942, and served in Mexico, Chile, Bolivia, Switzerland, and Peru. On November 19, 1963 he was sworn in as Ambassador to Bolivia by President Kennedy, and reconfirmed by President Johnson upon President Kennedy''s assassination. He directed the U.S. assistance to the Bolivian Government in response to Che Guevara''s last stand in that country in 1967. He returned to Washington in 1968, and retired from the Foreign Service in 1975 as U.S. Representative to the Inter-American Committee of the Alliance for Progress. After retiring from the Foreign Service, Ambassador Henderson returned to his home town, where he volunteered on the Weston''s Sewer Committee, which established "in-place cycling" of sewage, later incorporated into federal Environmental Protection Agency policy. He was a co-founder of the non-profit Land''s Sake, Inc., which promotes the use of local resources to prove that there is benefit in small-scale uses of land. Douglas Henderson was born in Newton, Massachusetts on October 15, 1914. In 1940 he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Boston University with a bachelor''s degree in economics, and received a masters degree in law and diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in 1941. His wife of 25 years, Dorothy Frances Henderson died in 1968. A son from his first marriage, Peter, died in 1976. Survivors include his wife Marion M. Henderson of Weston; one brother, John (Virginia) of Ashland, MA; five children from his first marriage, Bruce (Leslie) Henderson of Tampa, FL; Lee (Oscar) Martinez of Falls Church, VA; Jennifer Henderson of Falls Church, VA; Karen Henderson of Montgomery Village, MD; and Mark (Dorothy) Henderson of West Roxbury, MA; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in Weston, Massachusetts on August 14, 2010 at 1 p.m. at St. Peter''s Episcopal Church, 320 Boston Post Road. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Land''s Sake via their website at or to their offices at 27 Crescent Street, Weston, MA 02493, or to the Weston Public Library, 87 School Street, Weston, MA 02493.

Published in The Washington Post on July 25, 2010