Arnold G Henderson


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.
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Chris Ellis
Jul 09, 2019
Ran was such a wonderful mentor for students and myself personally. He will truly missed and blessed to have him as part of my life’s journey. My condolences.
Abimbola Asojo, Minnesota
Jul 09, 2019
So sad to hear about your passing. Rest in peace and condolences to your entire family.
Sally Ferrell, Chandler, OK
Jul 09, 2019
We are so sorry to learn of this great loss to family, friends and the widespread historic preservation community. So glad we have book of his poetry. Sally and Don Ferrell , Chandler, OK
Laurie Steenbergen
Jul 08, 2019
Arn was an amazing inspiration to many of us in Historic preservation. Hugs and prayers to his family and friends.
Sandra Soli
Jul 08, 2019
Sincere sympathy to Arn's family and dearest friends in the multiple arts areas to which he was devoted. We will miss his talents, his generosity, and his services to the arts and civic communities he supported so faithfully.
Baron Bieber
Jul 07, 2019
So Arn says to me, "This is dull and boring, Baron. Give me somethin' that's gonna 'Wow!' me!" So I did. And then Arn -- and Terry Patterson and Bill Bauman -- conferred a Master of Architecture degree upon me.

Thanks, Arn . . . I'll see you and Bruce when I get there!
Allison Palmer
Jul 07, 2019
Arn was my neighbor off Mockingbird, I miss seeing him with his dogs. He was a wonderful and interesting man.
Mary Price, AIA
Jul 06, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. My husband Mike was fond of Arn and knew him for many, many years. I found Arn to be a thorough scholar, a solid person, and a talented architect. May he rest in peace.