Don R. HenryAT&T managerDon R. Henry, a retired manager...

March 09, 1995

Don R. Henry

AT&T manager

Don R. Henry, a retired manager for American Telephone & Telegraph Co. who was active in Alcoholics Anonymous for 47 years, died Friday of emphysema at Edenwald retirement community. He was 94 and had lived at the Towson retirement home for seven years.

Mr. Henry, a former Towson Estates resident, retired in 1966 after a 41-year career with AT&T where he was manager of the cable shop.

But it was his membership and work in AA that gave his life meaning, and he was lecturing about alcoholism and visiting alcoholics as recently as four months ago.

"He was dedicated to AA and enjoyed counseling those who needed his help," said Bob M., a friend since entering AA in 1950.

"He studied at the Rutgers Center for Alcoholic Studies, was an instructor at the Washington College summer school of alcoholic studies and taught a class on the subject at St. Mary's Seminary and University School of Theology and Ecumenical Institute," Bob M. said

"I couldn't make my way out of the door of an AA luncheon the other day for the number of people telling me how much my Dad had helped them change their lives," said Sally H. Murray, a daughter who lives in Rodgers Forge.

Born and reared in Greenville, Ill., Mr. Henry was a 1921 graduate of Illinois Normal School and taught school for several years before working for AT&T.

An avid golfer, he was a longtime member of Hillendale Country Club.

His wife of 50 years, the former Ethel J. Schwartz, died in 1974.

A memorial service was to be held at 1 p.m. today at Arnolia United Methodist Church, 1776 E. Joppa Road, Towson.

Other survivors include a son, William M. Henry of Columbia; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1055 Taylor Ave., Towson 21286. Gwendolyn Green, a counselor to women with AIDS or who tested positive for the virus that causes the disease, died Friday of acquired immune deficiency syndrome at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was 41 and lived in Woodlawn.

She was a peer outreach counselor for STAR -- Sisters Together and Reaching -- and had been active with that group and Greater Baltimore HIV Health Care Service Planning Council since 1992, the year after her illness was diagnosed.

Earlier, she was a store manager for a women's clothing chain and a member of the Travis Winkey Modeling Troupe, which named her model of the year in 1980 and 1981.

Services were to be held at noon today at Bethel AME Church, 1300 Druid Hill Ave., Baltimore.

She is survived by two daughters, La Shawn Green and Rasheeda Green; her mother, Ada Green of Woodlawn; two sisters, Mary Lee of Woodlawn and Rosina Poe of Philadelphia; and a brother, Franklin Green of Passaic, N.J.

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