|Date submitted: October 24, 2006|
|Gift: Freestanding Bench|
|Location on plaza map: A8|
|Maxine Gail Henig was born in Newark, NJ in 1938 and was raised in the borough of Queens, NY. She graduated from Jamaica High School in Jamaica, New York. She attended New York University and was involved in merchandising and modeling for many years. She relocated to Tucson in 1988 when her husband, Ralph, expanded his realty business to Arizona.|
Community activities in Tucson include the Angel Charity for Children, of which she has been a member for 15 years. For that organization she has served as Underwriting Chairman, Fashion Show Chairman, Ball Décor Chairman, on the Charity Selection Committee for 4 years, and has worked on Long Range Planning. She has also been an Advisory Board Member for the Steele Memorial Children’s Research Center at the University of Arizona for 13 years, and has been their Board Chairman for 6 years. Maxine is a University of Arizona Foundation board member, a University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry advisory board member, and a member of the Medici Circle of the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts. She has also served on the boards of UAPresents, the Jewish Family and Children’s Services, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, the America-Israel Friendship League and the Foundation for Integrative Medicine. She has been a member of University of Arizona search committees to recruit a Director of UAPresents, a Director of the Steele Memorial Children’s Research Center/UA Department of Pediatrics (the first lay member of a medical search committee), and Vice President of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. She is a member of the Academic Review Panel for the University of Arizona Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, a board member of the Father’s Day Council of Tucson, a member of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Greater Phoenix Board and a member of the Department of Physiology-U of A Health Sciences Board.
Maxine has chaired major community events, including a Jewish Community Center dinner honoring Joan and Donald Diamond, and Israel’s 50th Anniversary Celebration with Leah Rabin and Skip Humphrey.
Maxine has been married to Ralph Henig for 31 years. Maxine and Ralph have three children, Jodi, Heather and Craig; and five grandsons, Zachary and Harrison Freeman, and David, Joshua and Samuel Henig.
Maxine Henig - My wife is a woman for all seasons, a blithe spirit among mortals.
Her character symbolizes leadership within her family, organizations and community affairs. A woman whose heart is apparent in all of her undertakings, whether it is in aiding a lovely stranger, caring for her family and friends or being involved at the highest levels of corporate and academic worlds.
With her fashionable statuesque appearance and omnipresence, her sincerity towards others in her daily activities always shines through. She has a humble manner and remains unforgettable for her compassionate deeds and creativeness.
My wife can be characterized as being flexible in any environment and her intuition is usually 100% right.
I hope that this bench, which is dedicated in her honor, will remain a gathering place for those whose lives have been touched by her and also by future generations who did not know her but will be inspired by her legacy.
Her loving husband,