DONALD'S DOODLES

Dr. Donald M. Henderson

His light guided the path for many in education and beyond.

Donald M. Henderson, who served as the University of Pittsburgh's first Black provost from 1989-1993, advocated for advancements and opportunities that improved the University — and embodied triumph over challenge.

Henderson, who retired to Florida, died June 8 from medical complications associated with congestive heart failure. He was 91.

Not only did he transform the University of Pittsburgh and help it become a more just institution, but he also transformed lives. Henderson's achievements at the University included being involved in the Campus of the Future initiative with AT&T, which led to the installation of Pitt's first fiber network; consolidating several libraries into the University Library System; organizing and hosting Nelson Mandela's visit to Pitt. He also was a champion of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and educated and graduated people with the intelligence and capacity to better our world.

These featured "Donald's Doodles" are a select few from Henderson's collection, compiled by his executive assistant during his time at the University. We share them because they spotlight one impressive aspect of the brilliant visionary, game-changer, and artist Henderson was and reflect precisely the kind of artist and human we hope to be. His creativity flowed freely through his written word and sketches; the latter shows just how ahead of his time he was.

Read his full obituary here, and enjoy a few of "Donald's Doodles."

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