years in New Guinea and the Philippines. After his military service Henry entered Columbia University to study civil engineering. While there he found a mentor in Mario Salvadori, a world-renowned structural engineer. During his summers at Columbia, Henry worked on the Penn Central Railroad, where he found supervisors too old-fashioned to provide a career workplace. After graduation, Henry joined United Engineers and Constructors and studied evenings in order to pass his professional engineering exam.
Henry, now married, moved on to Toledo and Edmonton, Canada, as a resident engineer on oil refinery construction projects. Edmonton was a desolate family outpost, but Henry and his wife, Liz, were able to turn the local cow palace into a temporary concert hall with periodic performances by the Vienna Boys Choir, Arthur Rubinstein, and others.
In 1954, Henry and his family moved to England. Henry often told younger staff members that his relocation package on this move consisted of one one-way airline ticket. Henry started as a resident engineer on upgrading Royal Air Force stations to NATO standards, and seven years later he was named project director for the total RAF program. Henry was then asked by his mentor, Mario Salvadori, if he would take over an office and a major project in Rome. Henry agreed. When he arrived in Rome, he found that the office he was to manage was in bankruptcy. But since his wife and two daughters and their station wagon were already en route to Rome, Henry decided to start his own company, which he did and which became quite successful, particularly in the Middle East, where Henry’s engineering management and marketing skills and his ability to develop relationships at senior governmental levels led to work in Libya, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Iran, and Lagos as well as Italy and Switzerland. However, by 1965, Henry decided that he did not want to be a permanent expatriate, so he sold the company to his partners and returned to New York.
Back in New York, Henry was unemployed, but at a luncheon he met a senior engineer from Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), who encouraged him to meet with Walter S. Douglas, then PB’s managing partner. Henry did not mention that he