Water feature donation enhances Washington Hall
Judy (Greeley) Hendrickson, a 1960 Centralia College graduate, wanted to remind students of the importance of giving back to the college and the community. To cement that reminder, Hendrickson funded the creation of a pondless water feature gracing the front of Washington Hall on the Centralia College campus.
The water feature was installed at a cost of about $17,500.
Hendrickson came to Centralia College on a music scholarship and transferred to the University of Washington where she joined the UW choir, symphonic band and marching band.
It was, however, her minor in recreation that she used to land her first job at Maple Lane (at the time a correctional facility in Grand Mound for delinquent girls) as the director of recreation. She held that position for nine years.
She also worked at the Cascadia Juvenile Reception Diagnostic Center in Tacoma and at McNeil Island Corrections Center.
In 1985 she and her husband, Richard, moved to North Carolina and she embarked on a new set of careers.
“I worked with people in sports and business and helped set up and run a program at North Carolina Central University working with graduate students to find and develop careers outside of sports participation,” said Hendrickson.
She followed that with a position as a corporate officer with the International Lead Zinc Research Organization, a worldwide trade association of the lead and zinc industry; then became the director of development and donor relations for the Opera Company of North Carolina.
Over the years she has funded scholarships in music and criminal justice at Centralia College.
“I felt that it was important to give back — not just to education, but to other areas as well,” Hendrickson said. “Although students got something out of the scholarships, I didn't personally feel any connection or permanence. Hence the concept of a waterfall that would be there for many years.”
“Judy saw an opportunity to ‘touch’ students — enhancing their educational experience here as well as benefiting the community with a beautiful water feature.” Julie Johnson, the director of donor and alumni relations, said.
The water feature, which is now in place, was designed and installed by Dan Leal, the owner of Northwest Projects. It includes benches and landscaping.