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Obituary: James Rodgers Henderson (1947-2023)

James Rodgers Henderson (Age 76)
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James Rodgers Henderson passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2023 in Arlington, VA. James was born in Winchester, MA on November 14, 1947 to Robert Fisher Henderson and Jeraldine Rodgers Henderson. He grew up in various locales, including Guam and Puerto Rico, while his father served as a U.S. Coast Guard officer. The family eventually settled in his father’s hometown of Reading, MA where he graduated from high school in 1965.

Jim received a degree in Physics from Northeastern University in 1970. He then served in the Army from 1970 to 1972 as an Intelligence Officer. After military service, he pursued a career as a Physics Engineer for various defense contractors in the Washington, DC area. One of Jim’s life’s passions, which he shared with his parents, was genealogical research. They made many trips up and down the East Coast and across the Midwest tracking down primary documents and publishing in various genealogy journals including The New England Historical and Genealogical Register.

Jim had a variety interests. His knowledge of history and politics often engendered lively discussions and debates with family and friends. He maintained a lifelong appreciation of baroque and classical music, and for many years sang with his wife and son in the choir at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in McLean, VA. Jim also derived great pleasure from playing board and online games. He loved sharing this pastime with his son and made many friends through gaming.

Jim is predeceased by his parents and his wife Sharon Hutchinson Henderson. He is survived by his son Brian R. Henderson of Salt Lake City, Utah and his siblings: Robert L. Henderson (Virginia) of Mason, MI, Wendy H. Waymouth (George) of Annapolis, MD, and Amy H. Boyd (Hugh) Montclair, NJ and their families.

Services will held at Arlington National Cemetery at a date yet to be determined.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.murphy-funeralhomes.com for the Henderson family.

Submitted by Murphy Funeral Home

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