November 21, 2006
Monterey County Herald (online ed.), CA Jan 3, 2007
January 30, 1931 ~ November 21, 2006 MONTEREY - Bruce Howe Henderson, 75, died peacefully at home with his family by his side. He was born in San Francisco, CA to Lawrence and Virginia Henderson and was the oldest of six children.
Bruce is survived by his wife of 48 years, Gail; two children, Lisa and Lawrence; two grandchildren, Julia and Claire; and his brother and sisters, Lee, Martha, Carolyn, Sara Ann and Ginger.
He grew up in Berkeley and attended college at the University of New Mexico, earning a BS in Physics with minors in Anthropology and Spanish. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and later graduated from UC Davis with an MS in Agricultural Education. Bruce then went on to earn his teaching credential from SF State University.
In 1958, he married Gail Hooper and started his 37-year teaching career at Pacific Grove High School. He taught Physics, Math, Chemistry, Marine Biology, Business, PE, and Independent Study. He was a lifetime member of the National Science Teacher Foundation and authored the National Science Evaluation Forms and Testing. Bruce was a born teacher, also instructing Boating Safety and Sailing and Beer Brewing at Monterey Peninsula College.
He shared his love of the outdoors with his wife and children, leading six Sierra Club burro trips into the Sierra wilderness. He was also an avid sailor and could be seen on Monterey Bay most weekends. He taught both of his children to sail and spent hundreds of hours teaching others boating safety through Coast Guard Auxiliary classes. He was a very active member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary as a Division Captain.
Bruce always enjoyed entertaining large groups of fellow CG Auxiliarists and Docents from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He was a member of the very first MBA Docent class. He held many bbq's featuring his Cantonese spare ribs cooked in a brick oven he designed and built.
Bruce was a loving husband and father and will be sadly missed by his family and the many people he shared his life with. Friends are invited to a celebration of his life January 14, 2007 from 1-3pm at the Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club, Municipal Wharf #2, Monterey, CA, (831) 372-9686. His ashes will be interred in El Cerrito in a family plot.
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