Henson, Guy

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Guy Henson was a prominent figure in education in Nova Scotia 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 Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude). Following his university studies, Henson 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, United Nations Association as well as a National Vice-President of that association; 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 contribution to his society, Henson received a Doctor of Civil Laws ( honoris causa) from Acadia University on May 6, 1974. Henson was nominated for a Vanier Award in 1976, and on April 19, 1978 he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. Guy Henson died on May 23, 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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