In Memoriam: Arthur Henderson


The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has received word of the death of retiree Arthur Henderson on May 15 at Royal Megansett Nursing Home in Falmouth.  He was 94.

Arthur was born on March 27 in Boston.  He attended Dartmouth College, class of 1942, before joining the United States Army in 1942. He served as an Army major during World War II, including three years in the Pacific Campaign, before returning home in 1945 from Okinawa.

Arthur lived in Newton and Needham before moving to Falmouth in 1960 when he began his career at WHOI as procurement manager.  He retired in 1985.

In addition to serving as a Town Meeting member and a member of the town’s personnel committee, Arthur was one of the founders of Falmouth Youth Hockey, for which he also served as a coach, fundraiser, program director, equipment manager, and on its board of governors.

He was a commodore of the Sandwich Yacht Club and a member of the Falmouth Rod & Gun Club, the National Purchasing Managers Association, and Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church in Falmouth.

Arthur leaves two daughters, Carol Amaral and her husband, Ted Amaral, of North Falmouth, and Pam Pagliaro and her husband, Mike Pagliaro, of Haverhill; his son, Arthur T. Henderson Jr. and his wife, Lynda Henderson, of Falmouth; six grandchildren, Maraya Henderson of Haverhill, Tazeena Amaral of Los Angeles, California, Jessica Miller of Haverhill, Jenna and Katelyn Henderson of Falmouth, and Shannon Henderson of Providence, Rhode Island; and three great-grandchildren, Taylor Henderson, and Gabriella and Logan Miller.

He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia (Taylor) Henderson, who died in 2010.

A private burial was held on Wednesday, May 21.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Henderson’s memory may be made to Falmouth Youth Hockey, c/o Falmouth Ice Area, 9 Technology Park Dr., East Falmouth, MA 02536.

Some of the information for this obituary was taken from the Falmouth Enterprise.


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