Col. Harold M. Hendrickson ’42

Col. Harold M. Hendrickson ’42 died January 25, 2012, in Englewood, Col. He was born on November 26, 1920, in Brunswick, and graduated from Brunswick High School. He entered the Army Air Corps in 1940 and attended the Georgia School of Technology before becoming a radio gunner on a Liberator B-24 bomber with the 484th Bomb Group of the 15th Army Air Force during World War II. Stationed at Torretta Air Field near Cerignola, Italy, he ran bombing raids on Hitler’s oil depots in Romania, completing more than 30 sorties. On February 7, 1945, his plane was shot down in Europe while on a mission to the oil refineries of Ploesti near Vienna. His crew parachuted out and were rescued by the Russians. He served to technical sergeant and was awarded the Air Medal. He went on to serve to colonel in the Air Force Reserve. A member of Delta Upsilon fraternity, he graduated from Bowdoin in 1946 but remained a member of the class of 1942. After graduating, he went to work as a public utility economist at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Denver, and later became a licensed real estate agent in retirement. He was a long-time member of the Kirk of Bonnie Brae Church in Denver. He attended graduate school at the University of Colorado and was a devoted season ticket holder of the CU Buffaloes football team. He is survived by two daughters, Susan Hendrickson and Sarah Wolach; a stepdaughter, Jan Giezentanner; two stepsons, Kim Jamison and Kerry Jamison; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren. He was predeceased in 1968 by his first wife, Emily Jane Tyree, whom he married in 1945; his second wife, Ann, in 2006; and his middle daughter, Chris, who died of leukemia in 2005.