Howard Hendricks died this morning. That will probably not mean anything to anyone here on this social media site but it fills me with a profound and ineffable sadness. I only met Dr. Hendricks once and that 50 years ago but that meeting made a life long mark on me and I have followed Professor Hendricks life, teaching, books, and speeches for as long back as I can remember.
We live in an age where few men are honorable and fewer yet receive honor but this extraordinary man was loved by tens of thousands of people and while probably no one reading this knew Hendricks there are circles where his was a household name and this morning the millions who have been touched by his life will be in mourning.
I grew up in a time when people had personal heroes. Of course that was also a time when there were heroes to be had. Dr. Howard G. Hendricks was one of them.
A while back I threatened to do a post or a series of posts of the heroes in my life, the men whose lives have impacted mine and formed my thoughts or whom I have just admired. In a list or blog posting of those heroes "Prof" would have been number one on the list.
Doing that blog post was to have served another purpose as well. I had intended to use it to begin writing letters to the heroes on the list who were still alive thanking them for their lives and their contributions to society. I never did. This morning I deeply regret not having done so.
No, I didn't attend DTS. Prof was not my academic Prof. But he was, none the less, one of my teachers. I wish I had written to thank him when he retired, finally, two years ago at 87. Like tens of thousands of people I didn't write. As much as it pains me not having done so I think it was probably okay. Hendricks knew how deeply he was appreciated by people around the world.
Few men attain the stature of Howard Hendricks. Fewer still gain his level of love and respect.
I am deeply saddened today while remaining grateful to have been touched by his life.
I will leave you with a bit of wisdom from Dr. Hendricks. "Don't let the elephants stand on your air hose."
Howard G. Hendricks (1924 - 2013)