WHEREAS, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science has suffered a great loss in the home-going of Mrs. Mary B. Henry, who departed her life on August 14, 2009 and was loved by all who knew her.
WHEREAS, Mrs. Mary B. Henry was named the Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year in 1967 for her tireless efforts to provide quality education and social services to the poor.
WHEREAS, Mrs. Mary B. Henry was honored by presidents, governors and mayors over more than four decades and left an indelible mark on the community and her name on facilities treating the needy.
WHEREAS, Mrs. Mary B. Henry was a driving force in the creation of the Head Start program that brings nutrition and early childhood education to inner-city children and was best known for her work catering to local needs as director of the Avalon-Carver Community Center serving South-Central Los Angeles.
WHEREAS, Mrs. Mary B. Henry epitomized the Charles Drew University mission of providing care with excellence and compassion.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we strive to emulate her beautiful service-filled life in every respect; that we express our sympathy to her sorrowing family, and present them a copy of this resolution, with the reminder from Thessalonians - “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. God will bring with him those who have died. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel's call and with the sound of God's trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord for ever. Therefore encourage one another with these words”.
That the original of this resolution be given to the family and a copy placed in the official records of the church and the University.
Keith Norris, MD, FACP