Wed, 07/27/2022 - 12:41pm
William A. Henderson was born in 1943 in Ann Arbor to William and Viola Henderson. After graduating from Ann Arbor High School and Eastern Michigan University, Henderson enlisted in the Marine Corps and went through naval aviator training. He flew in 125 combat missions during the Vietnam War and was a forward air controller with the infantry. He advanced through the ranks and in 1996 became the first Black pilot to achieve the status of Major General in the Michigan Air National Guard. He was also Chief Pilot at General Motors. He and his wife Francine have two children, Justin and Nicole.
Students Celebrate with Hug at Community High Graduation, June 1987 Photographer: Dolores A. Gonzalez
Ann Arbor News, June 13, 1987
SPECIAL MILESTONE—Graduation is a time for joy. Kristen Schaldenbrand (center) and Sandy Lanese (far right) share sunny smiles and a hug with Community High School graduate Sarai Koster (left). The trio enjoyed a few special moments before commencement ceremonies Friday evening at St. Andrew's Church.