Charles A Henderson MD
Charles A. (Chuck) Henderson, MD, highly respected physician and loving father and grandfather, died on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at his home in Atlanta surrounded by his family. He was 70 years old. Chuck was born in 1947 in Pittsburgh, PA to Charles and Helen Henderson. He received his graduate degree in Chemistry from Allegheny College where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and went on to earn his Medical Degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency at Presbyterian University Hospital in Pittsburgh and a two-year fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at the Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus before moving to Atlanta in 1978.
Dr. Henderson served the greater Atlanta area as an accomplished Hematologist and Oncologist for 38 years. He approached his work with passion, enthusiasm and dedication, and as a cancer survivor himself, his patients valued his friendship, kindness and compassion. He co-founded Peachtree Hematology Oncology Associates (now known as Piedmont Cancer Institute, P.C.) in 1987 and served as President of the practice for many years. He was honored as a Top Doctor in the Atlanta area many times, served as Chairman of Piedmont Hospital’s Cancer Committee, Chief of its Hematology-Oncology Section and Chairman of the Institutional Review Board. He also served as President of the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology, was a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Committee and served on the Board of the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education. Following his retirement in 2016, his practice paid tribute to his decades of service by naming him Physician Emeritus.
Chuck was an avid runner, reader and traveler, history buff and music lover. A lifelong sports fan, Chuck and his close friends recently kicked off their 28th season of rotisserie baseball. Above all, he took great pride in his loving relationships with his children and grandchildren.
Chuck fought his successful battle with cancer with fortitude and an enduring positivity that was an inspiration to all who knew him. For the last ten months, he fought his illness with that same quiet strength and stoicism, while maintaining the sense of selflessness that defined him.
In a tribute following his cancer diagnosis in 2004, a group of his patients described him as follows: To his colleagues, he is a champion for the cause. To patients, he is a healer as well as a friend. To cancer researchers, he is well respected. To those he hired for the practice, he transferred his values. He has touched many lives and changed many more than he knows, We want him to know that we are there for him, as he has been for us, now and always.
Chuck is survived by his sons Brian (and wife Sarah) of Darien, CT and Patrick (and wife Erica) of Atlanta, GA, their mother Debra Henderson and his four grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Nancy Greenwood (and husband Bob) of Wayne, PA.
A memorial service will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (4465 Northside Drive NW) at 11am on Friday June 15th with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, Chuck’s family requests that donations be made to Destroy Pancreatic Cancer (http://destroypancreaticcancer.org/donate).
- Memorial Service Friday, June 15, 2018
Charles A Henderson MD
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June 23, 2018
It was one of the great things about having spent many years at Piedmont that I became friends with Dr. Henderson. In the 1980s and early 1990s we were both discovering smooth jazz artists and took turns making sampler cassettes for each other. We even went to a few concerts and ran the New York City Marathon together. Sharing a love of music and running led to sharing investment tips and just generally checking in on each other. Dr. Henderson was a great blend of humility, class and benevolence.
As his health declined, I visited Dr. Henderson both at Piedmont and at the Windy Hill LTAC. While interaction was difficult for him, he would sometimes write a brief expression of thanks for my visit. I would always leave a note letting him know that I could bring anything that he needed and he always thanked me for that. It was always a privilege for me to be in his company.
My birthday is May 4 and I was out of town when I heard of Dr. Henderson's passing. Instead of being mournful over his death, I chose to remember his amazing life because his life definitely enriched mine. Rest well, Dr. Henderson - you lived life as opposed to letting life live you and that's an awesome thing.
June 20, 2018
I really miss you Charles you were an amazing “friend” to me & my family for the last 10 years. I will miss discussing business & miss running into you in ATL or Vegas. RIP I’m just finding out I’ve been texting you for months since I seen you earlier this year. I will find your grave & pay my final respects.