Karl Eugene Henion II
December 13, 1926 – May 17, 2020
Karl Eugene Henion II, PhD passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Westminster Manor in Austin, TX. Karl was born December 13, 1926 in Bexar County, Texas to Karl E. Henion and Elizabeth (Schmitt) Henion. His passing ends two generations of Texans descended from the original San Antonio settlers.
He graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, earned a M.B.A from Harvard, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1967. As a member of the “Greatest Generation” Karl served his country in World War II. He worked for DuPont before he found his calling as a teacher, and then tenured Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He taught statistics and marketing and authored books on ecological marketing, earning many fellowships and recognitions for devoted work in his field. One of the favorite aspects of his job was mentoring international business students at UT.
While living in Austin most of his adult life, he traveled extensively though out the world. He was especially fond of his time sailing around Nova Scotia, going on river cruises in Europe, and delighting in European art and culture. At home in Austin Karl enthusiastically supported the arts, attending the opera, symphony orchestra, and ballet. As an active member of the English Speaking Union Karl served the organization’s Shakespearian competition. He was also a long-time, dedicated member of St Austin Catholic Church. Deeply committed to family, Karl was especially interested in the family ancestry reaching back to the original San Antonio Leal family and the Dwyer and Magoffin families.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, John Q. Henion, sister-in-law, Helen M. Henion, and niece, Jean (Henion) Janes. Karl was a great companion to Helen Henion after the death of her husband so many years ago, traveling the world and visiting family and friends. Karl is survived by his niece, Nancy (Henion) Cagle of Nacogdoches, nephews, John Q. Henion Jr. of Austin Texas, and Thomas E. Henion Sr. of Stafford Virginia. He also had many grand and great nephews and nieces.
The family would like to thank the staff at Westminster for their devoted care of our Uncle Karl, particularly the nurses and staff of the Arbor, 2nd floor west.
Due to COVID-19 services will be held privately with family members. Memorial contributions to Support our Heroes – Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation: tunnel2towers.org.
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June 1, 2020
Karl was a dedicated teacher and collegial faculty member. He had a good sense of humor and a ready smile. His integrity was flawless In short, Karl was a model of behavior for all who knew him.
May 26, 2020
I used to question Helen about the emotional lives of the Mickelsen family. My Mother had had brain surgery and I wondered about it affecting her emotional center. Helen said no, that was our unemotional family.
She told me that she had learned a world of love from John Henion, Karl’s brother, and his family.
It was a whole new world of emotion.
I trust that she found comfort in Karl, and though I met him once and found him a beguiling cultured gentleman, it comforts me to know that he was a wonderful companion to my dear Aunt Helen.
It is great to read of his impact in the world, a good life.
May 24, 2020
Because Helen and Karl were such good travelling companions, we were honored to have them visit San Diego many years ago. One of our fondest memories is the adventure we had at the San Diego Safari Park where we all got to feed giraffes from the back of an open truck. The two of them always seemed to make the most of their time and brought a lot of joy with them.
We will miss the last of the old timers...God Bless you Karl!
Kitty and Mark Brlej
May 24, 2020
I will miss the WW II conversations with Karl. We shared a passion for those stories of our family’s involvement and traded banks about it. May God rest his soul.
May 24, 2020
I was blessed to know both Karl and Helen as parishioners at St Austins. Karl loved interesting conversation and was interested in everything, he made you feel like you were the most interesting person in the room and it was years before I learned his academic background because he did not talk about his many accomplishments. His kindness, humility and spirituality should inspire us all.
May 23, 2020
Uncle Karl was always interested in our family ancestry and did quite a bit of research on the Henion side and on my mother's side. I will miss the conversations about ancestry, finances and the latest political news. He touched our lives and I will be forever grateful for the times we shared.
May 22, 2020
Uncle Karl was a gentleman of the highest order. LD and I always enjoyed our times with him. He was dedicated to his family and they, in turn, loved and respected him. We were introduced to Karl when our daughter married his great nephew. He was always present for his family. I’m sure our dear Jean and Helen have greeted him after he met his Savior face to face.
May 22, 2020
I never knew Karl but have known about him for many years as my good friend Dr, C. Michael Walton, long time Civil Enginneering prof. at UT told me about his great reputation and contributions.
I always intended to meet him and now regret letting the opportunity slip away. I know we are related somehow, probably through Nathaniel Henion. My great great grandfather was Peter Henion who from New York.
Rest well my unmet cousin and best to all of your linage. You left a high mark for all Henions. The world is a better place because of your service.
Loyd Ray Henion
May 21, 2020
My vivid memories of Karl occurred numerous Saturdays at St Austin mass..
Such a kind and gentle man. As I became a Communion minister, I visited Karl often and we would share stories. Again Karl was always such a gentle man thanking me for bringing him Communion and friendship. Never to be forgotten.
Rest in God's Peace Karl. Sincerely, Marion
May 18, 2020
As a former colleague of Karl's in the U.T. Marketing Department, I have many fond memories of his thoughtful approach to conversations, love of ideas, and generosity of spirit. His impact on the many students and colleagues he inspired will be a memorial to this truly wonderful person. May we act towards each other as he always did, and in doing so, seek to be worthy of his memory.