Kenneth Henry works at Out the Mud Creations, an Apparel & Accessories Retail company with six employees and has been employed there for 8 years.
Ken enjoys music, golf and line dancing for recreation and relaxation. He has an engaging sense of humor and cares deeply for those around him.
Early Life and Education
Ken loved spending time with family and friends, especially his four daughters and grandchildren whom he was extremely proud of. Additionally, he was an excellent artist.
Nolan High School proved an ideal setting for him, where he excelled at playing football, basketball and baseball while serving as Student Council president and earning the Chaminade award – ultimately graduating valedictorian. After enrolling at Texas A&M University he became active in Corps of Cadets Company C-2 as well as Memorial Student Center organizations.
He conducted research in the areas of audition, behavior genetics and brain-behavior relations. This involved electrically recording from inner ear neurons and studying basic processes within a normal ear as well as investigating genetic, drug, aging and noise-induced effects on hearing. He took great pride in his accomplishments in these fields and enjoyed sharing them with others.
Ken Henry became the first American ever to win both an Olympic and World Speed Skating Championships simultaneously. Beginning his Olympic journey in 1948 and winning the 500 meter event at Oslo 1952 – as well as two world titles in 1949 and 1952.
After his service, he went into biology teaching while also developing his golf game to the goal of becoming professional. He worked as an assistant pro at Park Ridge Country Club in Chicago before taking over as head pro of West Bend County Club northwest of Milwaukee before retiring at Glen Flora Country Club in Waukegan 30 years later.
Henry was an avid bowler and golfer during retirement, enjoying both activities as well as traveling widely. He is survived by wife Kerry; children Gia Cillizza (Chris Cillizza and Chris Cillizza’s husband Chris), Josh Fenoglio and Jenna Fenoglio Whitmire as well as 12 grandchildren.
Achievement and Honors
At Nolan High School, Ken excelled both academically and athletically, becoming student body president, winning the Chaminade Award and ultimately joining Company C-2 of Texas A&M University’s Corps of Cadets as part of Ol’ Army – even recruiting three of his young grandchildren into joining. His passion was so great that three other Aggies proudly joined their ranks despite Ken being away.
Henry was an integral member of Voiceless Ltd and Roland Wilson Foundation at Australian National University, Governor for Committee for Economic Development of Australia and Director at National Australia Bank Limited; additionally he held council membership at Carlton Football Club.
Olympian speed skater and Olympic medal winner at the 1952 Winter Olympic Games held in Oslo, Norway. Additionally he made history by lighting the Olympic flame at an opening ceremony (Squaw Valley 1960).
Kenneth Henry works at Out the Mud Creations as Business Owner. This Apparel & Accessories Retail company has been under his care for the last 8 years.
Alongside his professional life, Mr. Lee is also actively involved with several charitable organizations. He currently sits as board member of Roland Wilson Foundation and Voiceless Ltd and also sits on ASX Clear Pty Limited’s Audit & Risk Committee.
He leaves behind his beloved wife Teresa, daughter Sarah and son Thomas as well as grandchildren Caleb & Matteo who brought great joy. Additionally he leaves behind siblings, brother-in-laws and numerous nieces & nephews to cherish his memory.
Henry spent his early years living on a dairy farm near Taree and found solace in nature, becoming an outspoken opponent of kangaroo culling and Japanese whaling. After graduating with honors from University of NSW he lectured and completed a PhD at University of Canterbury New Zealand.
Paul Keating noticed Henry’s intellectual prowess and asked him to devise “option C”, the idea that would later become our GST tax system. Henry then spearheaded its implementation on behalf of Howard and Costello as head of their GST taskforce.
Henry advised Rudd, Keating’s successor, to respond quickly and decisively to the global financial crisis with large stimulus packages targeted at households – ideas widely credited with averting a deep recession and sparing Australia from another great depression.