IN PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE
Recognizes with Deep Appreciation
the Extraordinary Achievements of
KENNETH "PETE" HENDERSON JR. '51
2015 Class Secretary of the Year
26 or More Years Out
Pete, you have been out of Dartmouth for far more than 25 years, but you have never forgotten your college or your class. In fact, Dartmouth formally describes your affinity to the school as "very positive."
At Dartmouth you were a member of the baseball team, Green Key Society, Theta Delta Chi fraternity, and Casque & Gauntlet while still achieving high academic status and Phi Beta Kappa. You graduated in 1951with an AB degree.
Following Dartmouth, you became a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy for three years, followed by ten years as an associate dean of the Kellogg School of Management. You then moved into the private sector for the remainder of your career, culminating with your retirement as CEO, president, and chairman of the board of the Industrial Relations Association of Chicago. During your career you were named Winnetka Man of the Year. Along the way, you married Jean and had three children together. Your son, John, a member of the Class of '82, was the third generation of your family to attend Dartmouth. Your father, Ken, was a member of the Class of 1916.
As an alumnus, you were awarded the Alumni Council Alumni Award in 1984 and the Spirit of '51 Award in 1986. In addition, you and your active classmates received the Class of 1938 Award, the Roger Wilde 1921 Reunion Award, and the Joshua A. Davis 1927 Award, all for outstanding achievement with respect to the Alumni Fund for the year 2001.
You were elected secretary of your class in June of 2011. Your columns in the class notes section of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine are well written, informative, and easy to read. Although now limited to only 350-word columns, you always include news about 10-12 classmates in each article, often going into some depth with four or more classmates. You are also diligent about writing the many obituaries that your class unfortunately has been generating. Finally, your class columns are always in on time and require little or no editing.
You have been classified as an "exceptional secretary" and a "great glue for the class" by none other than Theresa D'Orsi, who has been overseeing the Class Secretaries Association and the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine's Class Notes section for several decades, so she should know a winner when she sees one. Congratulations and thank you on behalf of the Class Secretaries Association.