Thomas Shields Henderson, long-time resident of Amelia Island, Florida, and previously of Chatham Township, New Jersey, passed away on November 15, 2019 at the age of 87, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Born in 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, Tom was the son of the late Joe Shields and Mercedes McCall Henderson. He was raised in Hamilton, Ohio, and graduated from Hamilton High School in 1950. Tom attended Williams College (’54) and graduated with a B.A. in Political Economy. During his senior year of college Tom married Sally Sue Sohngen. Tom earned his M.B.A at Harvard Business School and then served two years as a specialist with the US Army. Tom and Sally settled in New Jersey in 1958 when Tom began his investment career as a securities analyst at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. in New York. Tom joined Lord Abbett & Co., NY, as a portfolio manager in 1979, became a partner in 1982 and retired from Lord Abbett in 1996.
Tom and Sally retired to Amelia Island, FL, where they were very active in the local community. Tom had several interests and hobbies, particularly travel, sports, and music. He was passionate about helping others and enjoyed volunteering and supporting several local organizations. Tom will be remembered for his faith, kindness, sincerity, gentlemanly ways, sense of humor, and, above all, his love for his family.
Tom is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Sally; their two daughters, Marcy Murphy and Amy Henderson; five granddaughters, Sara, Erin and Melissa Murphy, Lauren and Jaime Inglesino; two sisters, Jane McAdams and Sheila Baden; son-in-law, Jay Murphy; brother-in-law, Jim Baden, and several nieces and nephews.
The family expresses their deep gratitude to Tom’s devoted and caring Angel Watch caregivers who became part of the family during his illness. A special thank you to his doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, the staff at Osprey Village, and the nurses at Community Hospice and the Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach for their care and support.
A celebration of Tom’s life is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on January 25, 2020 at the Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Rd, Amelia Island, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, 110 East 42nd Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10017 (alzinfo.org); or the Amelia Plantation Chapel in support of outreach missions, Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road, Amelia Island, FL 32034 (ameliachapel.com).