Franklin Henderson (1933 – 2023)

Franklin Henderson (1933 – 2023)
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With sadness I learned that a friend from the early years of my work in Edmonton Alberta, Franklin Henderson, has passed from this world. However, I imagine that both he and his wife Ruth are marveling to be part of the Heavenly Liturgy!

The Archdiocese of Edmonton, Alberta was enriched in many ways when the city grew greatly in population during the 1960s. The University of Alberta hired Dr. Joseph Franklin Henderson in 1963 in the Department of Biochemistry, where he worked with the Faculty of Medicine and published widely. His beloved wife Ruth was pleased to share that citations of Frank’s publications topped a thousand in many a year.

Frank’s approach to the challenges of scientific research was carried into the areas of interfaith relations and the history of the Latin Rite liturgy. In the year when full membership in the North American Academy of Liturgy was restricted to those who had advanced studies in the field, Frank was honored for his significant contribution to this Academy.

He and I participated in Jewish-Christian studies at the International Congress of Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, Michigan) and contributed the essay “Jews and Judaism in the Medieval Latin Liturgy” to the volume The Liturgy of the Medieval Church (Medieval Institute Publications, 2005). In the late 1970s we were participants in the consultation of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy regarding inclusive language in English liturgical texts.

May Frank rest in peace, rewarded for his many contributions to human understanding of the fields of medicine and Christian worship. May his soul rest in peace!

4 thoughts on “Franklin Henderson (1933 – 2023)

  1. Thank you for sharing your reminisces, Dr. Barankiewicz. Frank was a good friend to many. “I have learned much from my teachers, but from my friends more than my teachers.” (BT Ta’anit 7a)

  2. Professor Frank J. Henderson was my cicero, as I spent nearly 2 years in his laboratory at the University of Alberta as a postdoc. He gave me a great basis of knowledge, and support as an independent scientist for my entire professional life. I collaborated with him throughout our careers, as we were in contact for many decades. Frank was not only a great scientist, but an intellectualist with a renaissance-like knowledge. I hosted him in Poland, when I invited Frank to lecture in Warsaw, Poland.
    I lost not only my professor, but also a great friend. He will be in my heart and prayers forever.

  3. I will offer Masses for him. We are blessed for his contribution to humanity. May he enjoy his eternal reward.

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