Jesuit Brother David L. Henderson died on March 6, 2015, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 71 years old.
Br. Henderson was born on Oct. 27, 1943, in Chicago. He entered the Society of Jesus on Sept. 1, 1971, at Colombiere College in Clarkston. He took final vows on May 13, 2000, at St. Procopius Church in Chicago.
Br. Henderson graduated from Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois, in 1961. Before entering, he studied at the University of Notre Dame from 1961-1963 and was in the Marine Corps Reserve from 1965-1971. After entering the Society, Br. Henderson obtained a bachelor's degree in philosophy (with a minor in religious education) from the University of Detroit (1975). From 1977-1981 he studied theology at Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago. In 1986 Br. Henderson changed grades from scholastic to brother.
Br. Henderson spent most of his time as a Jesuit teaching and counseling students and managing facilities. During his regency, Br. Henderson taught religious education at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati (1975-1977). He spent 13 years as a student counselor at Loyola Academy in Wilmette (1982-1985 and 1986-1996). Br. Henderson was instrumental in rehabbing the original Cristo Rey Jesuit High School building in Chicago in time for opening day in August 1996. He then served as the facilities manager at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago for 13 years (1996-2009).
In addition to working with students and managing facilities, Br. Henderson spent a year as an assistant to the rector and minister at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago (1981-1982) and a year assisting Br. Joe Rastetter in rehabbing buildings among the poor in Cincinnati (1985-1986). He was an auxiliary consultor for the Chicago Province (1979-1980 and 1991-1995). He also was instrumental in the annual rental of the Chicago-area villa in Michigan City, Indiana.
Br. Henderson moved to Colombiere Center in 2009 to deal with health issues.