The National Ballet of Canada Mourns Lyman Henderson, O.C.
June 25, 2012… The National Ballet of Canada mourns the death of Lyman Henderson, Board Member from 1963 – 1978 and long-time friend and advocate of the company, who passed away on Friday, June 22 in Toronto, Ontario at the age of 92.
“Lyman and his late wife Ann were both unfailing in their support of the company. His contributions to the growth and vision of the National Ballet are immeasurable. Lyman was a dear man and a great friend to the company and will be deeply missed,” said Karen Kain, Artistic Director.
For over four decades, the National Ballet benefited from Mr. Henderson’s focus, negotiating abilities, insight and, above all, passion for dance. His dedication involved working at the highest levels to help the company move forward during many important milestones. Mr. Henderson served on the Board of Directors from 1963 – 1978, a time of growth for the National Ballet as it matured into the large, independent arts institution it is today. He was instrumental in securing Canada Council support beginning in 1970 to retire an accumulated debt.
Mr. Henderson chaired three successive search committees to find a new Artistic Director for the National Ballet: Erik Bruhn (1983), Reid Anderson (1989) and James Kudelka (1996). For each search, he brought enormous skill in assessing the company’s needs, recruiting candidates for the position and selecting such influential artists as leaders.
In 1972, the National Ballet presented Mr. Henderson with a Celia award for outstanding contribution to the company, an honour bestowed to a handful of company pioneers, including Celia Franca.
In addition to his dedicated support of the National Ballet, Mr. Henderson also contributed to the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Shaw Festival and Ballet Jörgen, among others, helping support a vibrant and thriving performing arts community in Canada.
The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada through the Honourable James Moore, Minister, the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of Ontario; the Ontario Arts Foundation; the OntarioTrillium Foundation; and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.