The New York Times
New York, New York
Saturday, March 18, 1989
Section 1, page 10
DR. CHARLES ROY HENDERSON, STATISTICIAN, DIES AT 77
Charles R[oy]. HENDERSON, a statistician and a pioneer in the genetic improvement of dairy cattle, died of a pulmonary
embolism Tuesday at Carle Hospital in Urbana, Ill. He was 77 years old and lived in Urbana and Ithaca, N.Y.
Dr. HENDERSON, born [April 1, 1911] in Coin, [Page County] Iowa, [the eldest of four sons born to Arthur James and Mary (McMICHAEL) HENDERSON] earned all his degrees, including a Ph.D., from Iowa State University. He was a
professor in the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University and headed the division of animal breeding there from
1948 until his retirement in 1976. He had been a visiting professor at the University of Illinois since 1984.
Dr. HENDERSON was a leading developer of statistical methods called mixed linear models that were used in a wide range of
disciplines, including econometrics, sociology, epidemiology and nutrition. He used the models to improve the milk
production of dairy herds. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. HENDERSON's honors and awards include:
1955, Senior Fulbright Research Scholar (New Zealand)
1964, Borden Award, American Dairy Science Association
1964, Animal Breeding and Genetics Award, American Society of Animal Science
1969, Fellow, American Statistical Association
1971, Morrison Award, American Society of Animal Science
1977, National Association of Animal Breeders Award, American Dairy Science Association
1981, Fellow, American Society of Animal Science
1982, Jay L. Lush Animal Breeding and Genetics Award, American Dairy Science Association
1984, Henry A. Wallace Award for Service to Agriculture, Iowa State University
1985, Elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences
Dr. HENDERSON served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946, a 1st Lieutenant, promoted to captain, promoted to Major in
the medical department. He was assigned to the U.S. Army Medical Nutrition Laboratory and to Fort Knox Armored Forces
Research Laboratory where he taught and conducted research in military nutrition. His final assignment was as Commanding
Officer of the Medical Nutrition laboratoy.
He is survived by his wife, Marian [Mae (MARTIN), married December 21, 1940, Chariton, Iowa]; two sons, Charles and James, both of Ithaca; a daughter, Elizabeth, of Cambridge,
Mass., and two brothers, Milton, of Mount Ayr, Iowa, and Bruce, of Peoria, Ill.
Marian Mae (MARTIN) HENDERSON died April 16, 1994.
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