The Rev. Dr. Richard “Dick” Henry died on August 6, 2018 at the age of 97.
Richard was born on February 5, 1921 in Boston, MA to Richard Henry and Dorothy Miller. He graduated from Harvard University, MA in 1943 with an A.B in Philosophy, following which he earned his Bachelor of Divinity from the Union Theological Seminary, NY in 1946. In 1979, Richard earned his Doctor of Divinity from the Meadville Lombard Theological School, IL.
Rev. Dr. Henry was ordained on February 17, 1946 by the First Unitarian Society of Brooklyn, NY where he carried out his first ministry until 1949. From 1949 to 1957, he served the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Church in Knoxville, TN. Then, over the next three decades, Rev. Dr. Henry carried out series of vital ministries at the following congregations: the First Unitarian Society of Denver, CO (1957-1977); and the First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City, UT (1977-1986). On his retirement on August 1, 1986 the First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City honored him as their Emeritus Minister.
Rev. Dr. Henry carried out a great deal of service on behalf of the denomination. He served the Unitarian Service Committee and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, as a member of Boards of Directors from 1958 to 1970; the UUA Board of Trustees from 1961 to 1963; and the UU Ministers Association Executive Committee from 1970 to 1973. Rev. Dr. Henry also performed his services as a member of the UUA Nominating Committee and UUA Committee on Aging.
Dick was a vigorous social activist. He served on the Board of Directors for the following organizations in Colorado: the Marriage Council of Denver; Planned Parenthood Federation, Colorado Chapter; the Religious Council on Human Relations; the Colorado UNA-UNESCO Association; and the Clergy Council on Abortion. Likewise, he functioned as the President and Founder for The Good Death Society. Dick was also a strong mental health activist. He was a chair for the Mental Health Division of the Brooklyn Protestant Council in NY and Vice President for the Knox Area Mental Health Association. He had been a delegate to the two international mental health congresses: The First International Congress held in London in 1948, and the fifth Congress held in Toronto in 1954. In his retirement years, Dick authored two books: Norbert Fabian: Capek A Spiritual Journey and Eleanor Roosevelt and Adlai Stevenson. In addition, Dick immensely enjoyed sailing and mountain climbing.
Dick is survived by his loving wife Pat, and his sons Seth and Evan Henry.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Planned Parenthood or the Union of Concerned Scientists.
A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, September 15, 2018, 2:00 pm at the Horizon House, 900 University Street, Seattle, WA, 98101.
Notes of condolences may be sent to Dr. Patricia Henry, Horizon House, 900 University Street Apt 1206, Seattle, WA, 98101.