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Guy Henson was a prominent figure in Nova Scotia education for nearly forty years. Born in Paris, France, on 21 July 1910, Henson was the son of Herbert A. and Elizabeth B. (née Campbell) Henson of Great Britain. The family moved to Nova Scotia's Annapolis County when Henson was a year old, and he graduated from Bridgetown High School in 1926. He spent the next three years at Acadia University, graduating with a BA (magna cum laude). He then worked as a newspaper proofreader, reporter and junior news editor; an assistant commissioner for the Maritime Provinces Trade Commission to Ontario; and Secretary to Nova Scotia Premier Angus L. MacDonald before embarking on his distinguished career in education.
Henson was an active member of his community. He was the first president of the Province House Credit Union Limited; chairman of the Halifax Cooperative Council; president of the Halifax Cooperative Society Limited; first president of the Halifax Opera Association; president of the Halifax Branch of the United Nations Association, as well as a national vice-president; first president of the Halifax Music Festival Association; chairman of the Nova Scotia Committee for UNICEF; and president of the Nova Scotia Festival of the Arts. Henson received honours and distinctions from the Royal Canadian Legion, the Nova Scotia Association for the Advancement of Coloured People; the Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations; the Halifax and District Federal Local 273; Canadian Labour Congress; and the Nova Scotia chapter, Canadian Institute of Assessors.
In recognition of his widespread contributions to society, Henson received a Doctor of Civil Laws from Acadia University in 1974. He was nominated for a Vanier Award in 1976, and on 19 April 1978 he received the Order of Canada. Guy Henson died on 23 May 1978.
In 2018 Guy Henson was named one of 52 Dalhousie Originals, a list of individuals identified as having made a significant impact on the university and the broader community since Dalhousie's inception in 1818. https://www.dal.ca/about-dal/dalhousie-originals/guy-henson.html
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Henson's immediate family, Don Maclean, and Paul Brown have unrestricted access to all material in the Guy Henson fonds.
Copyright of the unpublished book article and address manuscripts has been retained by the Henson family.
For permission to use the Howe and Coady material, the Alberta Letts Memorial Lecture material, and the prospectus for "Compulsory Reader for the New Managerial Elite," researchers are to contact Jane Henson.