Dr. Owen P. Heninger MD, age 93, died November 28, 1990 in Provo, Utah.
He was born November 18, 1897 in Ogden to John T. and Mary Susannah Ivie Heninger. His family, consisting of ten children, and parents, moved by train to Magrath, Alberta, Canada in 1901, a journey of three days. Early life was typical of a small frontier town. Wheat raising, was the mainstay of most families, as was that of the Heningers. Land was broken with horse drawn plows. In fact, for several years, horses where the only source of power except for human muscles. Owen attended Canadian schools, but never for a full term, even in first grade because of demanding farm priorities.He enlisted in the U.S. Army, 1918, served in Motor Transport Corps until discharged in 1919. Graduated with BS degree from the University of Utah in 1930. Married Rachel Cannon in 1926. In 1930, the couple moved with two children to Chicago, where he attended and graduated with a medical degree from the University of Chicago Medical School. Rachel worked at the nursery school sponsored by the university, where the two children where enrolled.
Interned at Las Angeles County General Hospital, 1934-35; licensed to practice medicine in Arizona in 1935; general practice in Safford, Arizona, 1935-37; general practice in Salt Lake City, 1937-39; first assistant physician at Utah State Hospital, 1939-42; Superintendent of Utah State Hospital, 1940-64; certified by Board of Psychiatry and Neurplogy in Psychiatry in 1952. Member Fellow of American of Psychiatric Association; certified Hospital Administrator by committee, American Psychiatric Association, 1954.
Credited with developing Milieu Therapy at Utah State Hospital, including opening doors and more freedom for patients. Also credited with introducing `Unit System' at same institution. President, Graham County Arizona, Medical Society, 1936 or 37. President Utah County Medical Society for two consecutive terms about 44-46. Administration Bldg, at Utah State Hospital is named in his honor.
Father of four children, Mary Lu Mitchell, school teacher in Whittier, Calif.; Owen Earl Heninger MD, Psychiatrist in private practice in Whittier, Calif.; George R. Heninger MD, a psychiatrist and director of Neuro Psychiatric Research, at Yale University in Connecticut; and John Heninger, Provo, Utah.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, 11 a.m., at the Utah State Hospital Chapel, 1400 East Center Street, Provo. Friends may call at the State Hospital Chapel on Saturday, one hour prior to services. In lieu of flowers, Family suggests contributions to: Patient Fund, Utah State Hospital, 1400 East Center, Provo, Ut. 84606.
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