Robert Henderson Enters Chapter Eternal

Brother Robert Henderson, Beta Phi ’41, a former school administrator who lived in Mesa, died on June 20, 2011. He was 93.

During his two years in Hawaii as an exchange administrator, Henderson learned to surf at the age of 49, his daughter Shari Henderson said. He continued to surf until he was 71, she said.

He was able to walk on his hands in his mid 70s until his doctor advised against it because of glaucoma, his daughter said.

He and his wife, Ethel, met at the University of Arizona and were married 72 years. During their lives together, they hiked the Grand Canyon, had four children, built a summer cabin and a ranch house, traveled, square danced and round danced together and lived in Phoenix, Sedona, and Hawaii, his daughter said.

The last couple years of his life he piloted a plane (for a few minutes), went indoor skydiving, went “quading,” shot a gun, went boating in the Florida Keys, watched the Phoenix Suns basketball team, took road and plane trips, and learned how to do Google searches, she said.