Eugene & Martha HendersonMarch 6, 1930 ~ December 27, 2017 (age 87)
Martha "Monroe" Henderson, 89, died peacefully on November 09, 2016
Eugene O’Brien Henderson (“Gene”) 87, died peacefully on December 27th, 2017 at the Fairfax Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Fairfax, Virginia. Gene had been a resident of the facility for over eleven years and was predeceased by his wife of over 58 years, Martha Monroe Henderson, also a former resident of the Nursing Center who passed on November 9th, 2016. In their immediate family, Gene and Martha are survived by their son Ross McDougal Henderson of Falls Church, VA, son Eugene O’Brien Henderson, Jr., daughter-in-law Patricia and grandson Jack of Winchester, MA.
Gene was born in Bingham, Maine on March 6th, 1930. A talented student athlete, Gene attended Bingham High School before he received a scholarship and graduated from Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield. After MCI, Gene matriculated at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine in 1947, where he majored in Chemistry, minored in Psychology, was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, and played varsity football and varsity baseball. He graduated from Bowdoin in the spring of 1951.
In August of 1951 and during the midst of the Korean War, Gene was drafted by the U.S. Army and was sent to Fort Dix, NJ. Three months later, Gene was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency which had been formed just four years prior. In February 1952, he was stationed in Germany to support the CIA’s efforts in the region and served in a variety of roles. He met his future wife Martha in Munich when both were working for the Agency in its earliest years.
By 1956, Gene had left the CIA to attend the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. He and Martha were married in Palo Alto just before Gene earned his MBA degree. After graduation, Gene re-joined the United States’ Intelligence Services community with the U.S. Army Chemical Corps Intelligence Agency, and he and Martha moved from California to Washington, D.C., where the couple would raise their two sons and become active members of the community in Arlington, VA. Gene served on his church’s vestry and became a District Commissioner for the National Capital Area Council of the Boys Scouts of America.
In November 1964, Gene joined the Defense Intelligence Agency in its fourth year of operation. He officially retired from the DIA on January 3rd, 2009. During his retirement ceremony at DIA’s headquarters on his 79th birthday, Gene was proclaimed a “national treasure” and was lauded for his many accomplishments in defense of the Nation. Along the way, Gene graduated from the Naval War College in Newport, RI, where he and the family were stationed in 1968/1969, and he earned a Master’s degree in International Affairs from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Throughout his long career, Gene traveled extensively both domestically and internationally in support of the DIA’s mission, including a six-month deployment to Bahrain after the first Gulf War.
Gene and Martha were members of Truro Anglican Church in Fairfax for over 40 years. A celebration of Gene’s life will be held at the Chapel at Truro (10520 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030) at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7th, 2018, with a reception at the Common Grounds at Truro to follow. Gene will be buried with Martha in Bingham, Maine in the late Spring (date and time to be announced). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gene and Martha Henderson Memorial Fund at Truro Anglican Church.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Giberson Funeral Home and Cremation Services. To view the online obituary, or leave condolences please visit www.gibersonfuneralhome.com
Truro Angelican Church
10520 Main Street, Fairfax VA 22030