Well-Educated, Well-Traveled

Well-Educated, Well-Traveled

Mary and Jerry Hendrickson have a wall of university pennants at their home in Fremont, Neb., representing each of the institutions at which a family member has either earned a degree or worked. “Currently, there are about 25 pennants,” Jerry says.

In addition to his undergraduate degree from Marquette, Fr. Daniel Hendrickson holds advanced degrees from Fordham University, the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University and two from Columbia University.

The Rev. D. Scott Hendrickson, S.J., who earned his doctorate from Oxford, is an assistant professor of modern languages and literatures at Loyola University Chicago. Ryan Hendrickson, a married father of three, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a professor of political science and interim dean of the Graduate School at Eastern Illinois University. Daniel, Scott and Ryan are all world travelers — at one time, each was living on a different continent.

Their travels and education have necessitated some adjustments to family celebrations.

“Scrabble is a family obsession,” Mary explains. “But we’ve had to set a lot of rules because too many words from their studies, and from foreign languages, began showing up.”