Mary Turner Henderson

Profile Updated: December 6, 2008
Mary Turner
Residing In: San Francisco, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Craig Henderson
Occupation: Health Educator (retired), community volunteer
Children: Isaac Craig, born 1971 (New York City)
Amy Hudson Henderson, born 1972 (Washington, DC)
Grandchildren: More…Harold Isaac (4 1/2), Ella (2 1/2), Jade1 1/2)
Yes! Attending Reunion

After graduation I attended Hamline College in Minnesota for 2 years before transferring to Columbia University in New York City. I received a BS degree in Nursing in 1964 and worked as a public health nurse with the VNA in New York for 3 years. Craig and I were married in 1966 and while he attended medical school at Columbia I was on the faculty at Columbia teaching public health and completing my Masters degree in Pubic Health/Education. Our son Isaac was born in 1971 and our daughter Amy arrived in 1972. After Craig completed his internship and residencies, we moved to Washington DC for 2 years and then went to Boston in 1974. We lived outside of Boston in Winchester, MA for 18 years and during that time I pursued my doctoral degree and participated in our children's busy lives. When Isaac and Amy started nursery school I returned to Harvard, participating in research projects at the School of Public Health for 2 years and then spent 8 years with the Harvard Health Services as an administrator, educator and patient advocate. In 1992 Craig was lured away from Harvard and the Dana Farber Cancer Center by the University of California, San Francisco to create a cancer center at the University and we moved West. I worked for UCSF for a year and then accepted a position as Director of Community and Professional Health Education Programs at the Goldman Instutute of Aging at the UCSF Center for Geriatric Medicine. I loved my work and collegues and fell in love with San Francisco and life in the West.

But, in 2000, after a rewarding and challenging professional career, I decided to retire from the University while I could still walk and think ( I learned my geriatric lessons well!!!) to explore volunteer activities and spend more with Craig. So for the last 9 years I have lived the life of a "kept" woman, travelling the world with Craig, spending a lot of time with our children and 3 wonderful grandchildren on the East coast, restoring a 1928 home in San Francisco, volunteering for the Opera, Symphony, and youth music groups in San Francisco and living on Nantucket Island for 5-6 months of the year, running "summer camp" for family and friends.

My life has been full and blessed....and it seems like only yesterday I was playing in the jazz band for the pep club and cheering on the Bobcats! Did we really graduate 50 years ago????

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Jan 08, 2021 at 11:29 AM

Hope that your birthday sis a great day

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Jan 09, 2015 at 2:47 PM

Happy Belated Birthday! hope you are enjoying your day and keeping warm where ever you are these days.... Live, Love, Laugh ! keep the music going!

Jan 08, 2015 at 8:46 PM

Happy Birthday, Mary! Hope you have had a wonderful day doing just the things you have wanted to do. May you have many, many more. Jeanne

Jan 08, 2015 at 5:39 PM

Happy Birthday Mary, I have been so aware this year that it has been 57 years ago that my Family came to this Country and I met you and Craig in Church. Have a great year and enjoy your little Grandchildren, mine are 22, 19, 17, 16, 3 boys and one Granddaughter and they are all wonderful. My best wishes for you and your Family. Erika Butzlaff Miller

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