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L. Dell Henry, noted allergist, dies at age 87

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Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the Muehlig Chapel for Dr. L. Dell Henry, who opened the first private practice in allergy in Ann Arbor. Dr. Henry died Tuesday at age 87 in her home at 1444 W. Liberty.
She had been retired since 1976 from the practice she started in 1941. She was an instructor in pediatrics at the University of Michigan Hospital from 1939 to 1941 and a U-M Speech Clinic physician and lecturer in the Department of Speech in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts from 1939 to 1955.
She also was a member of the Ann Arbor City Board of Health from 1942 to 1945, a member of the executive board of the Washtenaw branch of the Michigan Children’s Aid Society, being president of the branch’s board for three terms from 1947 to 1949.
Dr. Henry was commissioned surgeon of the U.S. Public Health Service Civil Defense Reserve from 1944 through 1949. She also was a member of the Medical Advisory Committee to the Ann Arbor Nurses Association, 1950 and 1951.
She was a member “of the” executive committee of the Washtenaw chapter of the American Red Cross from 1954 through 1958 and served in other capacities over the years. She was on the board of directors of the Anna Botsford Bach Home.
She was born April 30, 1896, in Hastings, Neb., daughter of Beatrice and J. Dell Henry. She was graduated from the Frances Shimer Academy in 1916, receiving her bachelor of science degree from the University of Chicago in 1922 and an M.D. degree in 1935.
In 1918 and 1919, she was a teaching assistant in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Chicago, assistant head chemist at Armour & Co. in Kansas City in 1920 and 1921, senior bacteriologist with the Michigan State Department of Health from 1922 to 1927, agriculture bacteriologist with the department in 1927 and 1928.
She was chief bacteriologist with the University of Michigan Hospital laboratory from 1928 to 1931, bacteriologist in the University of Chicago Department of Surgery from 1931 to 1935 and assistant instructor at the U. of C. in 1935 and 1936.
She was a member of the American, Michigan State and Washtenaw County Medical Societies, holding many offices, a member of the Michigan Allergy Society, American College of Allergists, Association of Allergists for Mycological Investigation, American Academy of Allergy and American Association of Clinical Immunology and Allergy.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church.