Frederick Gerald Hensey

October 30, 1931July 31, 2020


From his daughter Linda ~

Dear Dad,

I will miss you terribly and so will many people whom you loved, cared for and helped. My father was a unique man of incredible intelligence and wisdom. He was born in Albany, New York on October 31, 1931. His parents were Jordi and Irena Hensey. His father was from Hamburg, Germany and his mother from Asturias, Spain. He grew up learning many languages and speaking them fluently, including Spanish, English, French Portuguese, Esperanto, Greek, Latin, Russian and some Sanskrit. He was a member of Mensa and loved opera, classic literature and his favorite authors were Humberto Eco, Borges and Pablo Neruda. As a child I would say the biggest influence he had on me was learning to respect other people, to be understanding, tolerant and multilingual. He wanted his children to be kind, thoughtful and open-minded.

He accomplished many professional endeavors including being Professor Emeritus of the University of Texas, Spanish and Portuguese Department. He helped many students obtain their Ph.D and he had for many years extremely positive feedback from his students saying that he motivated and helped them love learning. He was kind and patient and was a person of outstanding teaching skills. A truly dedicated professor both to his students and to his university.

He was also an advocate for those individuals that have suffered injustices in the legal system and was one of the first people to pass the Federal Court Interpreters Test where he conducted simultaneous translations. Many Texas judges and top lawyers in the State of Texas will remember my father and his ability to help people get workman's compensation and bring justice to the world.

My father was a journalist during the Korean war where he served in the Airforce. He was a Fulbright Scholar and later did his Ph.D in Brazil, thanks to my father, I learned I was able to passionately love literature, art, music, opera and languages. He was a quiet, modest man with many talents which he used to help other people.

He will be missed by his daughter Rosalinda Hensey Lanier, his son Frank Hensey Lanier, his grandchildren Christopher and Steven Lanier and all the hundreds of students that he taught.

He told me once, that we all live on borrowed time and that time is precious. We both believed that no one dies who is a loving person and loved and helped people. My memories of him will keep him alive in my heart.

To a great man, a loving father and a great academic...I say goodbye and I love you very much.

Linda Hensey Lanier


From his son Frank ~

Dear Dad,

I will always remember you as the best father a son could possibly have had. You always treated me with respect and kindness and were never mean to me. I always thought you were one of the kindest people on this planet. I will always look back on the good times we shared and your brilliant sense of humor! You always made me laugh and always had positive things to say. You showed me the meaning of character and dignity as well as solid work ethics. I love you pop and will always remember you and keep you in my heart.

You loving son, Frank


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  • Graveside Service

    Sunday, September 27, 2020


Frederick Gerald Hensey

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Esther Diaz

October 8, 2021

Fritz was highly regarded by his colleagues of the Austin Area Translators and Interpreters Association and will be sorely missed. As a founding member of the organization, he brought it to the attention of his students at UT and many became members of AATIA.
Fritz was the inaugural professor of interpreting in the Translation and Interpreting Program at Austin Community College, a program which has brought many newcomers into the profession over the past 23 years.
Among the many memories he left with AATIA was the one described here by Liliana Valenzuela: "I remember my jaw literally dropping when he demonstrated simultaneous interpretation at an AATIA meeting long ago. He was a master linguist, for sure! And a caballero in the best sense of the word."

He will be missed.

Frank Hensey

March 30, 2021

Sixteen Hunderd Hours Twenty Five Minutes. Thanks for all your Time Joles from the Invisible war as you served your country in Korea. Just read yesterday that the natives are getting restless in North Korea again!! See pop l told you to vote Republican!!! So again just wanted to touch base with you on formal terms so others can see the good ol' Government Issue that you were....and how wonderful the G.I. Bill has been for our great Nation, The Good Old U.S.A.
From your little boy,

Frankie 30 3 21

Armand Lanier

September 27, 2020

On Saturday September 26, 2020 at 6:42 pm CST about the time that THE RETURN in Washington was ending with the blowing of shofars, God sent another sign through a picture taken by Fritz’ grandson Steve. Note the cross in the American flag. This was taken one day before Fritz was buried.

Rest in peace my friend, Jesus is Lord!
Armand Lanier

Alfonso Abad Mancheno

August 11, 2020

Fritz really helped me throughout my graduate studies, he was always available with a great attitude and gave me great insights on my dissertation. I truly enjoyed his Romance Linguistics class. He was funny, encouraging, humble, and a great professor.

Maria Mayberry

August 10, 2020

We are so sorry for your lost. Professor Hensey was a very caring and intelligent person, who was proficient in many subjects, yet very humble despite his many accomplishments.

What I remember the most from the class I took with him in Romance Linguistics is that he introduced us to the Carmina Burana cantata. Since then, my husband and I take every opportunity we have to attend a concert where Carmina Burana is featured.

With deepest sympathy as your remember him,
Marshall and María Mayberry