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Henderson, J.L. (2008). Obituary. J. Anal. Psychol., 53(1):121-125.

(2008). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 53(1):121-125



Joseph L. Henderson


Joseph Henderson, San Francisco 2003 (Photograph: Abe Aronow, by permission)

Joseph Lewis Henderson, MD, died of acute pneumonia at 20:25 on Saturday, November 17, 2007. He had given instructions that he be cremated without ceremony, although there are plans for a memorial in San Francisco in the spring of 2008.

At a small party in early 2007 to celebrate his 104th birthday, he was quiet and gracious. His granddaughter, Julia Eisenman, and her husband Andy Behrman, flew in from Los Angeles with their two delightful young daughters. His grandson, Nicholas, sent a bottle of sherry dating to Joe's birth year of 1903. As always, Joe's manner was elegant and gentlemanly and his bearing dignified despite his frailty. With the help of his great granddaughter, he blew out the candles on his cake and made his only public statement of the afternoon, ‘I hope to see you all here again next year’.

It is tempting to speak in hyperbole of this unassuming and steady man, who was an analysand with C.G. Jung from 1929 to 1938, and then, in his very introverted and quiet way, influenced the field of analytical psychology during a 70-year career as an analyst, author, and teacher.

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