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Obituary: Arnold Glenn Henderson, FAIA, 1934–2019

by SAH News | Feb 06, 2020

Arnold “Arn” Glenn Henderson, FAIA, passed away on June 27, 2019.

Arn was Professor Emeritus of the University of Oklahoma Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture. A proponent and advocate of historical preservation throughout our country and, in particular, his home state of Oklahoma. Arn was also a poet, author and lifelong student of other cultures. He was an advocate of Bruce Goff’s teaching and the American School legacy and helped ensure the impact of the Bruce Goff Chair of Creative Architecture in its early years.

Arn designed and built of his home of 42 years, which was recognized by the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) for its unique design in 1976.  In 1996, he was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows, the AIA’s highest membership honor, for his exceptional work and contribution to the industry and his community. Less than 5% of AIA members hold this distinction.

Arn is remembered and celebrated by the Gibbs College of Architecture for his nearly 70-year commitment to the program. He was a friend, a mentor and advocate for all whom he taught.

Son of Henry and Pearlalee, brother to Lyndal, father of two children, and grandfather of two, Arn was preceded in death by his parents, sister, wife, and a son. He is survived by a son and two grandsons.

Arn Henderson joined SAH in 1999 and served as the SAH Archipedia Coordinator for Classic Buildings-Oklahoma from 2014-2019.  

View an additional obituary from Okie ModSquad here including some of his poetry, photographs and drawings.  

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