Donald Henderson
Donald Henderson
Alpine & Nordic Skiing
Inducted 2016

Donald Henderson, a member of the Class of 1949, is known to be one of the top all-around skiers in United States history. Competing in all four events (slalom, giant slalom, Nordic and ski jumping), he captained Middlebury’s 1948 National Championship team, the first of two-straight titles for the school. Henderson was named Middlebury’s Winter Carnival “Skimeister” in 1946, 1947, and 1948. He went on to coach skiing at the Holderness School from 1951-69, where he was a member of the history faculty until 1987.

During his time at Holderness, one of his skiers represented the United States at the Olympics during eight consecutive games from 1956-84. In 1964, Henderson assisted Bob Beattie ’55 with the U.S. Olympic team in Innsbruck, Austria. Six years later, he served as the head coach for the U.S. squad at the World Championships in Val Gardena, Italy. He was inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2019.

Prior to attending Middlebury, Henderson served in the Army during World War II and was wounded in action. He belongs to the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame as a member of Vermont’s U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division.