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Stuart N. Henry

Obituary for Stuart N. Henry

May 1, 1941 - October 11, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 77

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Stuart passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 11, 2018 surrounded by his family. Stuart was born in Dallas, Texas on May 1, 1941 and grew up with his mother, Christine Henry, and two sisters, Barbara and Peggy. He was always as tough as they come, having fought off polio at 10. At 18, he joined the United States Navy. On August 25, 1962, he married the love of his life, Virginia Elaine Erickson. They were joyfully married for 56 years and had two children, Christopher Stuart and David Brian. Stuart graduated from the University of Texas, and then completed law school at South Texas College of Law.

Stuart practiced environmental law in Austin for 40 years, and was a force to be reckoned with. He was a champion for land, water and wildlife. His dedication and hard work laid the groundwork for water conservation and wildlife protection that inspired many young lawyers to fight the good fight on behalf of Mother Earth. He played a critical role in protecting water in Texas: the first environmental officer for the City of Austin, a founder and Chairman of the Board of Save our Springs, a staunch advocate and voice of the Sierra Club, and much more. He led the federal lawsuit to protect Edwards Aquifer and won. His positive impact lives on through Texas water policy and in those he mentored and inspired. The Texas environment and many individuals are better off for Stuart's devotion, talent and passion. He will be deeply missed by all.

Stuart was a man of strength, honor and integrity. You always knew where you stood with him. His boisterous personality and dauntless spirit is what he will be remembered by, both personally and professionally. He worked tirelessly, whether it be on important environmental issues or projects in Dripping Springs.

He loved to be in nature, camping or fishing with his family. He taught himself how to build and improve just about anything, allowing him to work with his hands and his boys. After he retired, he spent time visiting state and national parks with Virginia, most recently to Alaska with his whole family.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Christine and sister Barbara Rothleitner; He is survived by his adoring wife Virginia; sister Peggy Martin; sons Chris and Brian; daughter in law Margaret; grandsons David, Peter and George.

Sincere gratitude and thanks to the ICU doctors, nurses and staff at The Heart Hospital of Austin for their amazing care and love.

In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to The Friends Foundation, Dripping Springs. Alternatively, plans are underway to establish a fellowship in Stuart's name for aspiring lawyers who seek to make a real difference for environmental protection. If you are interested in contributing, please contact Myron Hess at Myron@Myronhess.com.

Memorial service will be 11:00 am Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 200 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas.

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  • In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to The Friends Foundation, Dripping Springs. Alternatively, plans are underway to establish a fellowship in Stuart's name for aspiring lawyers who seek to make a real difference for environmental protection.

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Austin, TX 78705
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