HENDERSON, Helen Kreider 81, of Tucson, AZ died Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Born in Harrisburg, PA to Judge Homer Kreider and Nita Spangler Kreider, she studied Anthropology as an undergraduate at Syracuse University, entering graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley in 1958. In 1959, she married fellow anthropology student Richard Henderson and together they did field research in Onitsha, Nigeria, leading to her Ph.D Dissertation in 1969, "Ritual Roles of Women in Onitsha Ibo Society". She became an Assistant Professor at Wellesley College, and operated the Biafran Children's Relief Fund in New Haven, Conn. during the Nigerian Civil War. In 1972 the family moved to Tucson where she taught anthropology at Pima College, ASU, and later at the University of Arizona. After field research in Niger (1977) and Burkina Faso (1978-9) within the UA Arid Lands program, she joined the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA) and in 1983 created the Women in Developm ent Program, which sent more than 100 scholars to 29 countries for various programs in international development. Her own work took her to Mali, Tunisia, Guatemala, Mauritania, Egypt, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, Chad and Jamaica. She is survived by her husband, Dick and twin sons, Kevin (Anne) and Michael (Margaret).
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