Date: May 26, 2014 Louise LaBlavier Henderson passed away on May 24th in Connecticut after a long illness.
Louise grew up in Darien,CT. She attended theThomas School in Rowayton, CT prior to attending Wellesley College, from which she graduated in 1955. Subsequently, she received a Masters Degree in history from Stanford University. Louise was an educator. Believing in young people and their abilities and aspirations, Louise inspired hundreds of girls at the Castilleja School in Palo Alto,CA, the Chapin School in New York City and the Sunset Hill School in Kansas City,MO where she was Headmistress for 5 years in the 1960’s. As a teacher she shared her passion for and knowledge of history for many years. She also was the College Guidance Counselor at theChapin School for over 25, years helping many students think through the college application process.
Louise was also a camping educator. Her mother’s family owned and directed Camp Arcadia in Casco,Maine. Louise was a camper a tCamp Arcadia for many summers and became a counselor, Head Counselor and a Director with her sister, Anne Henderson Fritts. Anne’s daughter, Louise Fritts Johnson, is currently a Director, assisted by her sisters and brother.
Louise was predeceased by her father and mother, Lucien and Juliette Henderson, and her sister, Margaret Floyd. Louise is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Anne and Jack Fritts of New Vernon, NJ, their children and families, Katherine H. Fritts and Steven Cappel of Atlanta, GA, Jean and Daniel Eskenazi of London, England, Louise and Stewart Johnson of Darien, CT and Frank and Katherine A. Fritts of Pawling, NY, and two nephews, Douglas and Robert Floyd, and a niece, Juliet Floyd.
A memorial service will be held at St. Luke’s Church, 1864 Post Road, Darien, CT on September 27th at 11:00 o’clock.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Camp Arcadia Scholarship Foundation, Friendship Fund, PO Box 158,Casco, Maine 04015 or The Chapin School,100 East End Avenue, New York, NY 10028.