CMU’s Dr. Jerry Henderson: November 19, 1938 – June 16, 2018

Dr. Jerry Henderson

The MAB is sad to report that Dr. Jerry Henderson, 79, of Bay City, Mich., passed away on the afternoon of Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Brian’s House Hospice.

Dr. Henderson was a Professor of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University and a member of the faculty since 1975. As station operations manager since the mid-1970’s, he shepherded station WMHW-FM from 10-watt to 13,000-watt HD status, training hundreds of students in station operations and paving the way for many of them to win a wide-range of awards, as well as pursue highly successful radio industry careers.  His beloved students often referred to him as “Dr. Jerry.”

Born in Malone, N.Y., on November 19, 1938, Jerry was the son of the late Robert A. and Charlotte (Disque) Henderson. He graduated from Franklin Academy High School in June of 1956, then went on to study at the University of Rochester, N.Y., Paul Smiths College in Paul Smiths NY, and Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY… Jerry completed his undergraduate career at Hartwick College where he earned a B.A. in Psychology in 1962.

Prior to his tenure at CMU, Jerry was an Assistant Professor at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., an instructor for speech at the University of Maine,  and a speech and drama instructor at Lamar State College of Technology in Beaumont, Texas. In between semesters in 1980, Jerry served as a production assistant and driver for NBC. He worked as a radio programmer at various stations in New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Maine and was a recording and editing engineer at Magnetic Recorder and Reproducer Corporation. Early in his career, Jerry was a staff writer for the Malone Evening Telegram.

A celebration of Dr. Henderson’s life will be held this Sunday from 3 to 11 p.m. at Captains Quarters, 6011 E. Atherton Road in Burton.  M ore: https://www.facebook.com/events/2000140009997330/

Read Dr. Henderson’s complete obituary here.

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