Former North Carolina Rep. Henderson Dies at 82

Posted January 16, 2004 at 2:59pm

Former Rep. David Henderson (D-N.C.), a key legislative backer of the creation of the Cape Lookout National Seashore along the Outer Banks, died Jan. 13 in Wilmington. He was 82.

Henderson, who served in Congress from 1961 to 1977, was chairman of the Post Office and Civil Service Committee. He first arrived on Capitol Hill in the early 1950s as a staffer, serving as assistant general counsel on the House Education and Labor Committee.

After leaving office, the World War II Army Air Corps veteran set up a successful law practice with former Sen. Marlow Cook (R-Ky.). The firm, whose partners included former Reps. Orval Hansen (R-Idaho) and Graham Purcell (D-Texas), eventually merged with Winston & Strawn.

Henderson, a former judge, earned a bachelor’s from Davidson College before going on to receive a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Knowles Henderson; three sons; a sister; and two grandchildren.

Former Ohio Rep. Kindness Dies of Cancer

Former Rep. Thomas Kindness died of cancer Jan. 8 in Exeter, England. He was 74.

Kindness served as a Republican Representative for Ohio’s 8th district from 1975 to 1987. He co-founded Chatfield and Kindness Associates, an international relations consulting firm, after his term in Congress ended.

Kindness was born Aug. 26, 1929, in Knoxville, Tenn. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1951 and received a law degree from George Washington University in 1953. In 1954, Kindness was admitted to the Washington, D.C., bar and was allowed to practice law in front of the Supreme Court.

In 1964, Kindness was elected to the Hamilton, Ohio, City Council. He served on the council until 1969 before taking office in the Ohio House of Representatives in 1971.

In 1986, he ran unsuccessfully for the Senate, followed by another unsuccessful bid for Congress in 1990.

Active in civil service, Kindness served on the board of the Salvation Army and as a commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America Dan Beard Council in Ohio.

Kindness is survived by his wife, Averil, of Devon, England; his daughter, Sharon Kindness Koch, of Long Valley, N.J.; and his sons, David of Hamilton, Glen of Fairfield, Ohio, and Adam of Nashville, Tenn.

— Bree Hocking and Elizabeth Brotherton