Geraldine Henderson Ph.D., a professor in Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business known for her “brilliance and enthusiasm,” died late this month, officials said.
Henderson, a marketing professor, left an impact on students, faculty and staff at Loyola, according to an email sent to the Loyola community Wednesday by Campus Ministry.
It’s unknown how or when Henderson died.
“Gerri was an inspiring mentor to students, faculty, and staff; a talented researcher driven by a sense of social justice; and a generous and caring friend.”Campus Ministry
“Gerri was an inspiring mentor to students, faculty, and staff; a talented researcher driven by a sense of social justice; and a generous and caring friend,” officials said in the email.
Colleagues said Henderson had “eyes that sparkled behind her leopard-print glasses when engaging with students and fellow scholars,” according to the email.
Henderson received her Ph.D. and MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, the email said. She became passionate about mentoring others when she was a student and noticed there weren’t many faculty members that looked like her, according to the email.
She was a mentor for students of different backgrounds in the classroom and through various other mentorship programs for about two decades, the email said.
Henderson was inducted into the hall of fame in 2017 for The Ph.D. Project, a program meant to mentor minorities and prepare them for careers as business professors, according to the email. She also received a multicultural mentoring award from the American Marketing Association Foundation, the email said.
“But awards weren’t what motivated her. … She always felt that her legacy was the success of her students and colleagues. She cared for everyone she came into contact with and wanted to uplift them and help them succeed.”Campus Ministry
“But awards weren’t what motivated her,” the email said. “She always felt that her legacy was the success of her students and colleagues. She cared for everyone she came into contact with and wanted to uplift them and help them succeed.”
She served on the board of the National Black MBA Association and National Society of Black Engineers, the emails said. She also served in various leadership roles with the American Marketing Association.
Throughout her career, Henderson taught at Rutgers University, the University of Texas at Austin, Duke University, Howard University, Northwestern University, Stanford University, the University of Virginia, University of California-Los Angeles and Thunderbird School of Global Management.
She published more than 50 articles, books and book chapters with a focus on marketplace diversity and inclusion, the email said.
Memorials will be held Dec. 6 at the Trinity United Church of Christ (400 W. 95th St.) and Dec. 16 in Wintrust Hall at the Schreiber Center on Loyola’s Water Tower Campus, the email said.