Jane Laverty Henry ’55, 1933-2009
Alumna, Employee, Friend
Jane Laverty Henry, who served as special assistant to the vice president of development at Rollins from 1983 to 2000, died December 26, 2009 at the age of 76, surrounded by family and friends.
Born on February 25, 1933 in Frankfort, Indiana, the Frankfort High School class valedictorian earned a BA in English from Rollins in 1955 and an MA in education from Columbia University in 1958. She married the love of her life, John Talbot Henry, Jr., in 1961 and the couple lived in Vista Farms near Westchester, Pennsylvania until 1979, when they moved to Altamonte Springs, Florida.
Henry’s natural leadership skills and love of sports and community involvement were evident in her undergraduate extracurricular activities: she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, Key Society, Community Services, Fiesta Committee, Student Council, Social Rules Committee, French Club, and cheerleading squad. She also served as president of Libra and senior class secretary, as well as editor of The Sandspur and the Tomokan.
Henry led a full life and was passionate about many things. She enjoyed her 17-year career at Rollins and her volunteer leadership roles with the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival. She was an avid sports fan, supporting the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, and 76ers, the Orlando Magic, and the Florida Gators. An ardent member of the Pacific Whale Foundation, she loved vacationing with her family in Maui, especially in the winter when she was able to watch the humpback whales migrating from Alaska to the warm waters of Hawaii.
Henry’s zest for life and the warm, caring, and loving demeanor she exhibited to everyone she met will be dearly missed by her family and many friends. She is survived by her husband; daughter, Leslie Henry ’86; son John Henry III ’88 ’90MBA and his wife Pam ’90; son Rob Henry; sister-in-law Gloria Laverty; and four grandchildren. The family suggests that Henry be remembered with a contribution to the Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs, the Pacific Whale Foundation, or Rollins College.