Gordon Nicholson Henderson
9 February 1926 - 22 December 2018
It’s common in tributes to describe a person as unique or a one-off, but so often that is gilding the lily. But for Nick these would be an understatement. Nick was truly larger than life intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically. He had the inspiration to found the Aspirin Foundation and then to oversee and manage its growth and success. In doing so he gathered together many experts in the various fields in which aspirin has played its vital roles. He established friendships among researchers and reporters from different specialties and countries that have lasted and flourished. I was fortunate to know Nick for forty years and to have enjoyed his company, generosity, loyalty and sense of fun throughout that time. His lasting achievement however is the respect in which the Aspirin Foundation is held today. Its annual symposia are an example of scientific excellence and rigour and supported by leaders in their field.
They will continue but everyone linked to The Foundation will miss his joie de vivre and his huge contribution to their enjoyment of its meetings. He was fundamental to their success.
But most of all he was our friend.
His funeral will take place at 1pm on Friday 25 January at St Peter and St Paul Church, West Clandon, near Guildford.
All are welcome – please contact Tarquin Henderson.
Dr Tom Smith
On behalf of the International Aspirin Foundation
Nick’s last completed project, aged 91, during the 120th anniversary year of the discovery of aspirin, was to publish a book of the work of Professor Peter Elwood.