KEAN UNIVERSITY CELEBRATES GEORGE HENNINGS’ LIFE
UNION, NJ--The Kean University community joined together on the afternoon of November 17 to celebrate the life of Professor Emeritus George Hennings H’10, a longtime educator, steward and friend, who died on September 27 at the age of 94.
As part of the ceremony, a bench in his memoriam was placed in the garden adjacent to the Nancy Thompson Library that shared the same view Dr. Hennings had while pursuing his wife of nearly 50 years, Dorothy Grant Hennings H’10.
Presiding over the event were Rev. Emilie Boggis from the Unitarian Church at Summit, along with University President Dr. Dawood Farahi and Foundation Board President Steve Fastook H’06.
“Dr. Hennings was a cherished member of our community,” said President Farahi. “Although we will miss him, his legacy lives on in the many lives he touched over the years. It is said that as a couple they probably taught over 15,000 students. We are eternally grateful, George and Dorothy, for all that you have done and the dedication and commitment you have inspired in so many. On behalf of the entire Kean University community, thank you.”
Dr. Hennings was instrumental in fostering tremendous growth in the years following his first arrival to campus in 1960 when it was still called Newark State College. He taught for nearly three decades, established courses in astronomy and geology, developed the University’s program in science education for secondary science teachers, endowed the Hennings Lecture Series and served on both the University Senate and the Kean University Foundation.
Along with Dorothy, the World War II veteran transformed students’ lives by being a loyal steward of the Kean College of Education. Hennings Hall, where the College is located, was dedicated to the couple in 2005. In 2013, the couple received Kean’s inaugural William Livingston Award for their contributions and service to education.
Dr. Hennings will be sorely missed, but the imprint of his contributions will be felt for generations to come, and the intense sense of loyalty and passion for living and loving others will resonate in the hearts of those who knew him and will continue to do so in his memory.