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Sally B. Henry

Obituary of Sally B. Henry

December 26, 2020

Sally Bowers Henry died on December 26, 2020 of cancer at the age of 81. She was a Psychotherapist in private practice in New York City for 30 years and was associated with the Center for Group Studies, serving as the President of its board and a coordinator and teacher in its international training programs in Russia and China. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey and was the daughter of Betty and Raymond Bowers. A graduate of Princeton High School she had degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and Hunter School of Social Work. She was married to Buck Henry and Frederic Marston and is survived by siblings Julia Bowers Coale of Skillman, New Jersey and Lewis C. Bowers II of Portland, Oregon, nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and colleagues, and her many Patients.Donations in her honor can be made to the Center for Group Studies, 107 W. 82nd St P 103 New York, NY 10024. Plans for a late Spring celebration in NYC will be available on this site as soon as possible.

Please use the following link to RSVP for the celebration taking place Sunday, April 11th at 4:00pm ET on Zoom: tinyurl.com/sallybhenry

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As first cousins, we have had a lifetime of friendship, with emphasis on the last 50 years. She was always there for me; we could talk for hours. We even had a spa vacation at Thanksgiving one year in the late 90's in Utah. Who knew this city sophisticate would even sign up for hiking in the mountains? We both had a great time!

Her wisdom and love made a difference in my life. I miss her dearly.


Posted by: JIll Helmer - Woodstock,, VT - January 1, 2021

Dear friend always closely remembered.


Posted by: Gina Medcalf - London UK, - January 2, 2021

I will fondly remember Sally, whom I first met as, "Sally with her cute little dog, Red Emma", in our building's elevator. She was a lovely lady and a fascinating individual.


Posted by: Kathy Bunin - New York, NY - January 9, 2021

Sally was my therapist for many years. I walked into her office in a real state at the age of 26 in 2002 - uncertain of my path and wanting a different life than I had without having any idea how to get there. With Sally's support and wisdom, with her toughness and love and humour, I remade my life, published my novels, found more satisfaction in my personal life and repaired difficult relationships. I miss her intensely but I am so grateful for the years of conversation that changed the course of my life.


Posted by: Naomi Alderman - LONDON, - January 12, 2021

Hope this message gets through to the right person - the tinyurl for the memorial service isn't working! I'd love to attend and you're very welcome to email me with the details if that's OK? Thanks!


Posted by: Naomi Alderman - LONDON, - March 28, 2021

Finding Sally as a therapist was the best thing that happened to me in my 20s. She was an inspiring, fascinating, and endlessly kind person - I will always be grateful to her and think about her wisdom and guidance. She also had a close relationship with my dog, who I brought to every session. He looked forward to it each week as much as I did. I only wish I had written down more of the things she said over the years (pearls of wisdom, book and movie quotes, jokes, small observations). She was one of a kind and I will miss her.


Posted by: Caitlin Greene - Brooklyn, NY - April 14, 2021

I am very saddened to just learn of Sally’s passing after I touted her talent as a therapist and recommend her to a friend. Sally was a master at her craft and surely changed many lives, including mine. My now-husband and I came to her at a very pivotal time when we were at a crossroads in out relationship. Her words “is it good enough?” resonate with me to this day. It was and we now have 4 sons, 3 of whom were born after our treatment with her commenced and I give her credit for their existence. Sally will be sorely missed; she altered the course of so many lives with her wise and powerful counsel. May she rest in eternal peace. With love, Amanda


Posted by: Amanda - , NJ - May 12, 2021
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