Hunter Woods Henry, Jr., 82, of San Marcos passed away on Saturday, June 4, 2011, at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center.
Hunter was born on September 9, 1928, in McComb, Mississippi to Hunter Woods Henry, Sr., and Helen Elizabeth Hargon. He retired from The Dow Chemical Company in 1993 after 42 years of service. During his career, he worked in Europe and South America as well as the United States. He served on the Board of Directors; was President of Dow USA, Director of Manufacturing for Dow International, Project Manager for design, construction and start-up of Dow’s large petrochemical complex in the Netherlands, as well as other management roles in Dow’s chemical manufacturing organization. He also served on the boards of Dow Corning and Dowell Schlumberger. He began his Dow career in 1951 after a brief time at The Gulf Oil Company in Houston. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 1950 with a BS in chemical engineering and received an honorary Doctorate of Science in 2001 from MSU.
Hunter’s connection to Mississippi State and higher education continues in the form of scholarships, faculty recognition awards and endowed chairs at MSU. Additionally, scholarships have been established by Hunter and Lila at Lamar University as well as Southern Methodist University, Lila’s alma mater. Many students have benefitted from Hunter’s personal involvement and interest in their success.
Since moving to San Marcos, Hunter and Lila were members of St. Marks Episcopal Church, where they were participants in the School of Wisdom as well as other church activities.
A gathering of friends and family will take place from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2011, at Breeland Funeral Home in Canton, MS. Services will be conducted at 04:00 p.m. Monday, June 13, 2011, at Grace Episcopal Church with Rev. Jud Meaders officiating. Following internment at Canton Cemetery, a reception will be held at Grace Episcopal Parrish Hall.
Hunter was preceded in death by his wife, Lila H. Henry; parents, Hunter and Helen Henry; son, James E. Henry. Survivors include his son Hunter (Ticket) W. Henry and his wife, Elaine of Llano, Texas, daughter-in-law, Kitty Henry of Starkville, Mississippi, and son Robert Henry of San Marcos, Texas; five grandchildren-Joda, Adrienne, Jaime, Kathleen and Rachel; and two great grandchildren-Tatom and Colton.
Memorials, which will be used to establish a nursing scholarship, may be sent to: MSUDAFP, Lila and Hunter Henry Donor-Advised Fund, P.O Box 6149, Mississippi State, MS 39762.
The scholarship will honor the nursing staff of the Cardiovascular Recovery Unit at St. David’s South Austin Hospital, who provided care and support to Hunter, as well as to the family.
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