OBITUARY

Warren Barclay Henry M.D.

August 6, 1923April 12, 2013

Dr. Warren Barclay Henry, MD, 89, expired Friday, April 12 at Memorial Hospital.

He was born August 6, 1923 in Chattanooga and was the descendant of two pioneer Hamilton County families. He grew up in North Chattanooga, attended Normal Park elementary School and Baylor School, graduating Cum Honore as Salutatorian of the Class of 1940. He entered the University of Chattanooga and completed three years of pre-med academics before he was called to service in the Navy V-12 program.

In 1944 he entered Tulane University Medical School and graduated in the Summer of 1947. He was chosen for a surgical Internship at Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond, VA.He was chosen for a surgical Internship at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH in 1950, but because of glaucoma, several ophthalmic surgeries were required and he changed his specialty from pulmonary surgery to pulmonary medicine.

He was called to service in 1954 and spent the next three years as Head of the Chest Disease service at Great Lakes Naval Hospital, North Chicago, IL. He returned to Chattanooga in 1957 to join the staff of the Tennessee Chest Disease Hospital, becoming the Medical Director in 1959. He directed the patient program for treating pulmonary tuberculosis until the close of the Hospital in 1975, at which time he continued direction of the tuberculosis Control program in the Southeast region of Tennessee and the Chest Clinic at the local Chattanooga – Hamilton County Health Department. Dr. Henry retired from active clinical service in January, 1995, after more than 40 years of public health service.

He was a longtime member of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical association, American Medical Association, Southern Medical Association and the Trudeau Society, which became the American Lung Association. He was President of the Tennessee Thoracic Society 1967-1968 and was Chairman of the ad hoc Committee that designed and completed the successful Sabin oral polio vaccine in Hamilton County in 1963 and 1964.

He was Medical Society representative to the Air Pollution Control bureau for 12 years and an enthusiastic early supporter and member of the Board of Directors of WTCI, Channel 45 TV.

Dr. Henry was very proud of the fact that he lived through the era of the development of antibiotic and surgical treatment for pulmonary tuberculosis, allowing patients to anticipate a cure of their disease instead of a death sentence. He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn Henry and parents, Ruth Gross Henry Wilson and Carl B. Henry. Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Ann Henry, Chattanooga; sons, Scott Henry, Middletown, VA and Larry French, Dallas, TX; brother, Wally Henry; half-sister, Sharon Bancroft; nephew Warren W. “Buddy” (Julia) Henry and various nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 17, 1 PM to 3 PM and 6 PM to 8 PM at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home. There will not be a funeral service.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Tennessee River Gorge Trust, 535 Chestnut St. #214, Chattanooga, TN. 37402; Baylor School, 171 Baylor School Rd., Chattanooga, TN. 37405 or to Chattanooga Area Food Bank, 2009 Curtain Pole Rd., Chattanooga, TN. 37406.

Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, North Chapel, 5401 Hwy 153, Hixson, TN. 37343.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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Larry

May 12, 2013

Thoughts about the communications we'd had over the decades, turned to pondering about and if he had projected and instilled something within me to aspire to. And it turns out that he very well did, and it's sad about realizing it after his passing. He should have heard this. … Over the past nine years, we made communications between us more amicable and accepting of one another. Since 2003, we never failed to acknowledge each other for birthdays and Christmas. He never failed to sign off on the mailed items as being “From Dad and Lisa.” For me it had become like that of being in touch with a close friend and not just a relative. … Under the same roof, I was witness to his metamorphosis from the early “60's. From him in the very first year I learned almost all the banal words that I know today. That calmed down quickly when he found out that children repeat them. His biggest changes in personality occurred during all the years of 1968 through 1971. It was in 1971 that he told Josephine Wilson that everyone in the house has changed, but the one who had changed the most was himself. And his observation was correct. I didn't realize through all these years passed what to call that change. But, it is that change that I will aspire to reach in the future. What he had become has not, and had not, been achieved by his wife, either of his sons, and even by his daughter. In the Americanized version, he had become the personification and the epitome of “noblesse oblige”, in the sense of being a person of grace, honor and manners and exhibiting an ability to fit and accommodate any level of society. … I can only hope the same thing can be said at my own passing. I will truly miss my friend.

Donna Needham

April 16, 2013

I worked with Dr. Henry for many years at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department. He was an excellent physician and kind man who provided wonderful care for his TB patients. Please accept my sympathies in your loss.

Scott Henry

April 15, 2013

Dear Lisa, I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am that Dad had to depart. He was a Great Man, and we were both very lucky to have him as a father. He was the main role model in my own life, and he made me into the intellectually tough and physically spirited man I was for most of my working life. During talks in recent years, as our respective constitutions were on the decline, I was, I believe, able to pay him back just a little by adding humorous footnotes to an increasingly challenging read. I would often get a chuckle out of him whenever I summed up the terrific rewards of physical and other breakdown that we get from all the years of great sacrifice, dedication and effort -- leading, in fairness, to significant questions about the professional competency of the master design engineer, who at this moment is probably getting a good talking to by a real professional, who was our Dad. Sincerely, Scott H., dein bejahrter Bruder.

Scott Henry

April 15, 2013

Dear Lisa, I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am that Dad had to depart. He was a Great Man, and we were both very lucky to have him as a father. He was the main role model in my own life, and he made me into the intellectually tough and physically spirited man I was for most of my working life. During talks in recent years, as our respective constitutions were on the decline, I was, I believe, able to pay him back just a little by adding humorous footnotes to an increasingly challenging read. I would often get a chuckle out of him whenever I summed up the terrific rewards of physical and other breakdown that we get from all the years of great sacrifice, dedication and effort -- leading, in fairness, to significant questions about the professional competency of the Master design engineer, who at this moment is probably getting a good talking to by a real professional, who was our Dad. Sincerely, Scott H., dein bejahrter Bruder.

Lisa Bell

April 14, 2013

My dearest Lisa, my thoughts and prayers are with you ,I will always remember the day I got to meet and spend the day with your dad,he was an amazing man.sending love and hugs from your sis in Canada......Lisa B(the other Lisa)

Nika Frey

April 14, 2013

Lisa, Buddy & Julia,
My thoughts & prayers are with you. I will always remember Dr. Henry's visits to the JHM office.
My deepest condolences,
Nika Frey

FROM THE FAMILY