The Hank Set II • 1917-2011

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Henry served as a professor on the Faculty of Cornell University's Department of Human Development and Family Studies from 1958-1988, and as a highly active Emeritus Professor from 1988-2011, a period of 53 years. His great passion was research and teaching in the field of early childhood development, especially the factors associated with cognitive and emotional development of infants and young children. He was highly respected in his field, publishing numerous articles and leading national and international research studies, serving as the first Steering Committee Chair of the NIH Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (1989-1991). He served twice as Department Chairman (1970-73, 1982-86), mentored many graduate students and colleagues, and was asked to participate in or lead numerous university-wide committees. In 2001, he received the Society for Research in Child Development Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy for Children. Prior to joining the Cornell faculty he served as Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut, Research Associate at the Educational Testing Service, and Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Medical School. He received his BS, MA and Ph.D. degrees (Psychology, 1949) from Fordham University and served in the US Army from 1943-46. Henry possessed a curious mind that sought to explain the world around him, a great generosity of spirit, and a deep religious faith. He loved his family, music, photography, Cornell University basketball and the New York Yankees. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Henry's memory may be made to Cornell University for the ------- Lecture Series, Department of Human Development, Cornell University, Attn: Peter Farley, G77 MVR Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853; or Child Development Council, 609 West Clinton Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.