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Henry N. Herndon Jr.

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Henry N. Herndon, Jr.

AGE: 86 • Hanover, NH

Henry N. Herndon, Jr. of Hanover, New Hampshire and formerly of New Castle, Delaware died peacefully on April 5, 2017 surrounded by his family at the age of 86.

Born in San Antonio, Texas in 1930, he lived a classic 20th century American life as the son Henry N. Herndon, Sr., a Texas-born Episcopalian minister, and Amelia Linder Herndon, a classically trained pianist from New York State, with his beloved sisters Mary, who predeceases him, and Nancy of Wilmington, Delaware. As a child he later lived in Plattsburgh, New York and spent summers in Grand Isle, Vermont at "Camp Ma-New-Na" where he enjoyed the love of his family, his dog Buddy, and his horse Silver whom he bought and brought home on his own one day to his parents' surprise. His family later moved to Wilmington, Delaware and he attended St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Delaware, which became an enduring part of his life. He next attended the University of Mississippi ROTC and upon graduation served as an officer on the USS Freemont in the United States Navy.

Following his military service, he attended Columbia Law School in New York City. During his last year in law school, he met his wife, Lin Hartell Herndon of New York. Following their marriage and his graduation, he and Lin moved to New Castle, Delaware where they lived for more than 40 years. He worked at the law firm of Morris James for his entire legal career where he served as a partner and eventually managing partner with a focus on corporate law, litigation and trusts and estates and argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. He supported the broader Delaware legal community through other activities, including as the President of the Delaware Bar Association. After his multi-decade career at Morris James and many deep friendships with colleagues, he retired from the firm in 2002.

During his career, he continued to be driven by a sense of service and he valued people above all. He served on the vestry of Immanuel Church in New Castle for years and he was elected Trustee of the Common in New Castle. He also returned to St. Andrew's where he served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for many years and later established a fund in the name of his parents. He loved his community and the people in it. After a Saturday morning at the office and lunch, he would routinely sweep the sidewalks outside his home at Third and Harmony streets to the early aggravation of his wife who later realized it was his way to connect with a passing neighbor.

However, his family remained central him. He and Lin had daughter Mary Brooke and a son Matthew in whom he instilled a deep sense of mission and values that guide them today. Through Lin's family, he spent summer vacations on Martha's Vineyard where he loved to do chores, including his legendary and beautifully imperfect carpentry, and enjoyed the waters of Cape Pogue in which he took a ritual swim each night. He also spoiled his family with other vacations including winter ski trips marked by racing competitions with his children.

?With his passing, we've lost a beloved husband, father, brother, mentor and colleague. He is survived by his wife Lin of Hanover, New Hampshire, his daughter Brooke and son-in-law Eric Miller and their son Benjamin, all of Norwich, Vermont and his son Matthew and his daughter-in-law Kendall and their children Taylor and Luke, all of Cohasset, Massachusetts. We celebrate his remarkable life of love, friendship and service. A service in his memory will be held at?St. Thomas Church in Hanover, New Hampshire on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Amelia and Henry Herndon Scholarship Fund at St. Andrew's School, Middletown, Delaware.

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Arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Wilson Funeral Home of Hanover, NH.
Published in The News Journal on Apr. 26, 2017
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