Irene Taylor Henderson
Irene Taylor Henderson (1916-2001), mother of Paul Lee Taylor (Class of 1952) passed away on September 9, 2001, in Rochester, NY. She was a teacher of deaf children, some of whom eventually attended CID. Irene moved to Rochester from Houston, Texas, in 1997 after her husband passed away, to be near Paul and his family. She was 85 years old. She died as result of myelodysplastic syndrome (chronic anemia). Her last big event before her death was attending a wedding of her last grandchild, Irene, at the Outer Banks in North Carolina in June 2001. Besides her three grandchildren, she also had three great-grandchildren. Irene attended the teacher’s training program at CID when she enrolled 4-year-old Paul at CID in 1943. She eventually became a teacher in Houston. She helped found the Houston School for Deaf Children and was its director from 1949 to 1966. During that time, she was known as Mrs. Ricks. The school has been renamed as the Melinda Webb School at the Houston Speech and Hearing Center after a former student Irene taught. Irene is remembered by many deaf friends of Paul and Sally. A wake was held in Rochester during the evening of September 11, 2001, a day that was tragically marred by two hijacked jetliner crashes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City earlier that day. After a delay of over a week due to shutdown of all airports in the United States, her body was finally taken to Houston where the funeral service was held on September 22. Several of her former students and CID alumni attended the funeral, including Bud Northington, Alan Love, Rochelle Berlin Simpson and a few other friends of Paul and Sally.