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In memory of Carl Henley, Ph.D.

UNC School of Social Work professor emeritus Herbert Carlisle “Carl” Henley Jr. died at Galloway Ridge on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, after a period of declining health.

Friends and colleagues are invited to join Henley’s family for a memorial service at Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow in the church’s fellowship hall.

“Carl was an incredible teacher and wonderful colleague … fully committed to teaching and working with students,” Dean Gary Bowen said. “He had a great sense of humor, and he was a kind and generous person. He will be missed.”

Henley taught research methodology at the School for more than 30 years, after earning a master’s degree in public health and a doctoral degree in biostatistics. In 1989, students presented Henley with the School’s first teaching award.

In 1996, Henley was chosen as a torchbearer for the Olympic torch, one year after he suffered a spinal cord stroke that left him paralyzed along his right side. He learned how to walk again, carrying the torch along Franklin Street in Chapel Hill during its route to the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga.

Earlier this year, Henley was interviewed by field scholar Nick Allen of UNC’s Souhern Oral History Program. He shared a story about a conversation with his first wife just before her death, and Allen posted a recording of that story here:

His obituary is posted here:

Photo: Professors and colleagues Carl Henley, Jack Richman, Mark Fraser and Gary Bowen (from left) meet for lunch at City Kitchen restaurant in Chapel Hill.