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Greg Henderson, Professor of Art, Dies at 64

Added on: July 12, 2010

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PortraitMACHIAS, Maine – Greg Henderson, professor of art at the University of Maine at Machias, died on July 9, 2010, at his home in Boise, Idaho. He was 64 years old.

During his 18 years at UMM, Henderson made enormous contributions to the visual arts and the University in general. Particularly notable was his work in the development of the Interdisciplinary Fine Arts degree program. When Henderson arrived on the Machias campus in 1992, visual arts courses were offered primarily to support other degree programs. The IFA program, launched in 1998, was UMM’s first four-year degree in the fine arts.

Henderson worked to break down traditional barriers between the art classroom and the local community. He was a liaison with local high schools and served as a guest teacher for a number of elementary school classes in the area. Henderson created the annual UMM Faculty Art Show, and helped coordinate the annual Thou Art Fair, a local high school arts festival. Along with his wife, Terry, he was an active member of the UMM Ukulele Club.

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playing the ukulele“The UMM campus will not be the same without Greg Henderson and his ever-present sketch pad and well-worn Converse sneakers,” said University President Cynthia Huggins. “But Greg's most important legacy at UMM will be his lasting influence on the lives of hundreds of former students. His warmth and generosity of spirit uniquely infused his teaching, and his passion for art was contagious. UMM is a better place for having had Greg Henderson on board for almost 20 years.”

Henderson arrived on the UMM campus as assistant professor of art in 1992. He was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of art in 1996, and was later promoted to professor of art in 2007.

Henderson came to UMM from Nampa, Idaho, where he was an adjunct instructor in art at Northwest Nazarene College from 1991 to 1992. Prior to his arrival at Northwest Nazarene, he served as an assistant professor in art at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash., from 1988 to 1989. He was also an art instructor at several high schools in Idaho between 1981 and 1988.

Henderson received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 1974 and his master’s degree in secondary art education in 1980 from Boise State University. In 1991, he earned his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Idaho.

Henderson is survived by his wife Terry; children Nathan, Aaron, and Anne; seven grandchildren; and his father Col. Ray Henderson. He was predeceased by his mother Lillian, his brother Phil, and his son Oliver.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, September 10 at the Centre Street Congregational Church in Machias. A reception will follow at the Machias Grange Hall.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Greg R. Henderson Memorial Scholarship fund through the University of Maine at Machias, Development Office, 116 O'Brien Avenue, Machias, Maine 04654.

To view Greg Henderson's obituary online, click here.

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