Henry, Sallie Marie

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Sallie Marie Henry, 55, formerly of La Crosse, Wis., passed away early in the morning on Tuesday, March 7, 2006 following complications from internal bleeding while visiting her home in Costa Rica.

Sallie was born on October 21, 1950 in La Crosse to Donald and Faith Anderson. She attended Aquinas High School and went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She continued her education at Iowa State University, receiving a Master’s Degree and PhD in computer science.

Dr. Henry was a member of the faculty at UW-L for five years before accepting a professorship at Virginia Tech, where she taught, advised and conducted research for twenty years. During her tenure at Virginia Tech, she coached the Virginia Tech Programming Team to numerous regional championships and in 2001 the team finished second in world competition. Dr. Henry also served as the ACM advisor for the majority of her time at Virginia Tech and in 1986 was awarded the computer science department’s “Outstanding Instruction Award.”

A person who loved international travel as well as teaching, she had occasions to serve as visiting faculty at the University of Coimbra, Portugal and Peking University, China. She retired in 2003 and split her time between homes in Costa Rica and Blacksburg, Virginia.

Sallie is survived by her two sons, Bryan and Troy; and three grandchildren, Jacob, Kayla and Justin.

A memorial service will be held at Virginia Tech’s War Memorial Chapel on Saturday, March 18, 2006 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Her family will receive guests at Dr. Henry’s house directly after the service. www.schumacher-kish.com.