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Thomas Atherton Hendrickson

89, avid historian, sailor and longtime Indianapolis attorney, died on Friday, August 26 at his home in Indianapolis.  

Born in Indianapolis to Eleanor and Robert A. Hendrickson, Tom attended Shortridge High School where he was President of the Student Board and writer for The Echo, a school newspaper.

After active service in the US Navy between 1945-46, Tom spent his life long career as a lawyer in Indianapolis. Graduating from Yale in 1949 on the GI Bill he attended Indiana Law School in Bloomington, Phi Delta Phi. He was Deputy Prosecutor for Marion County from 1954 - 58, and joined Royse & Travis law firm, which later became Hendrickson, Travis, Pantzer & Miller. Tom actively practiced law up until last year, and was a member the American, Indiana, and Indianapolis Bars for 63 years.

Tom loved his family, and he loved having fun. He was a founding member of the Indianapolis Ski and Sailing Clubs. As an avid DN iceboater, he chased "black ice" with the best of them, competing nationally and internationally into his 80s. He also loved history, especially anything related to war and the Underground Railroad. He was on the board of the Indiana Freedom Trails, and president of the Marion County Historical Society, Indianapolis Great Books Council, and the Indianapolis Literary Club. He also served on the City of Indianapolis Historic Preservation Committee. Tom was an expert on the Indiana Underground Railroad and wrote about instrumental Hoosiers, including emancipated slaves, who tirelessly helped slaves toward freedom. He published several papers, including one on James Overall, which aided in the creation of a new historical marker that will be dedicated downtown Indianapolis on September 29. His diligent research aided in the installation in a marker for James Overall to be dedicated

Tom was a beloved neighbor and friend in his Mud Creek Valley community. He was also an actor and member of the Mud Creek Players.

Thomas A. Hendrickson is predeceased by two brothers, Edwin and Robert A., II. He leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Sandra Shepard Hendrickson of Indianapolis, and their three children, Thomas Shepard Hendrickson also of Indianapolis, Heidi Farber (Ken) of Portland, Maine, and Melanie Parke (Richard Kooyman) of Chief, Michigan. Living family also includes five grandchildren, Ariel, Eli and Kestrel Hendrickson; and Dylan and Carly Farber; and a niece and 3 nephews.

A memorial service will held at the Indianapolis Sailing Club on Sunday, September 4, 2016 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Arrangements have been entrusted to Crown Hill Funeral Home.
Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Aug. 28, 2016
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