George Herbert Henshaw

                                                                ┌── George M. Henshaw
                                                                │    1866-?    
                          ┌── Marshall Brooke "Kelly" Henshaw ──┤
                          │    1889-1970                        │
                          │                                     └── Leonora Meador
                          │                                          1870-?    
George Herbert Henshaw ───┤
B: 1918                   │
D: 2003                   │
                          └── Rose -
                               1894-1975 
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George Herbert Henshaw1 [Buck Henshaw1].

Born Apr 18 1918, Hawaii.1,2,3,4  

George Herbert Henshaw died Aug 20 2003, The Queen's Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii; buried Makee family plot, Oahu Cemetery, Oahu, Hawaii.1,4,5  

George's obituary was published in the Waycross Journal-Herald (Waycross, Ware County, Georgia), on Tuesday, Aug 26 2003:1

HONOLULU (AP) - George Herbert "Buck" Henshaw, a World War II prisoner of war who went on to become a set designer for television shows including "Magnum P.I." and "Hawaii Five-0," died Aug. 20.  He was 85.  

During his 12 years as a set decorator, Henshaw designed for the shows of George Burns and Gracie Allen, Jack Benny, Ralph Edwards, Red Skelton and Carol Burnett.

Another obituary for George was published in "The Honolulu Advertiser" (Honolulu, Hawaii) on Tuesday, August 26, 2003:5

Set designer George 'Buck' Henshaw, 85

Associated Press

George Herbert "Buck" Henshaw, a World War II prisoner of war who went on to become a set designer for TV shows including "Magnum P.I." and "Hawaii Five-0," has died.  He was 85.  

Henshaw died Aug. 20 at The Queen's Medical Center, according to a news release from his publicist.  The cause of death was not disclosed.  

During his years as a set decorator, Henshaw designed for the shows of George Burns and Gracie Allen, Jack Benny, Ralph Edwards, Red Skelton and Carol Burnett.  He earned two Emmy nominations for his work, in 1957 for "Playhouse 90" and in 1982 for the pilot of "Tales of the Gold Monkey."  

While attending Punahou School, Henshaw worked as a student reporter for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.  After graduating from Stanford University, he returned to the paper as a columnist.  

He graduated from the Naval Officer Candidate School in Annapolis, Md., and was assigned to Wake Island as a communications officer.  

When Wake Island surrendered to Japanese forces in 1942, Henshaw became a prisoner of war until 1945.  Upon his release, he was commended by President Harry Truman and promoted to lieutenant commander.  

After the war, Henshaw got a job as an usher at CBS Studios before becoming a set designer.  Henshaw also wrote the songs "Hula Breeze" and "Our Last Aloha."  

Henshaw is survived by his close friend and associate of 35 years, Wally White, and by a niece.

Another obituary for George was published as follows:6

George Herbert "Buck" Henshaw, television set decorator and Emmy-nominated set designer for "Hawaii Five-O" and "Magnum, P.I.," died Wednesday Aug. 20 at Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu.  He was 85.  

Honolulu native attended Stanford and served as a lieutenant in World War II before pursuing a career in entertainment in Los Angeles.  He began as an usher at CBS Studios then moved into the field of set design and decoration.  

His set design work earned him Emmy noms in 1957 and 1982.  He is most widely recognized for his 12 years as set decorator for the "Hawaii Five-O" and "Magnum, P.I."  

He is survived by a niece and her two children and five grandchildren.  

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday Aug. 28 at Oahu Cemetery, Honolulu.  

Contributions may be made to the Hawaiian Humane Society.

Another obituary for George was published in the Stanford University "Alumni Magazine" (Stanford, California) on January 1, 2004:7

George Herbert "Buck" Henshaw, í40 (speech & drama), of Honolulu, August 20, at 85.  A member of Theta Delta Chi, he designed many theater sets for Ramís Head.  In the 1950s, he started working as a designer for television shows, including The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show and The Twilight Zone.  Nominated for an Emmy Award for his designs, he also worked for more than a decade on Hawaii Five-O and Magnum P.I.

George's memorial service was noted "The Honolulu Advertiser" (Honolulu, Hawaii) on Wednesday, August 27, 2003:8

Henshaw service tomorrow morning

Advertiser Staff and News Services

A memorial service for George Herbert "Buck" Henshaw will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Makee family plot in O'ahu Cemetery.  

The family requests aloha attire.  Donations may be made to the Hawaiian Humane Society.  

Henshaw died Aug. 20 at The Queen's Medical Center.  He was 85.  

Henshaw was a former World War II prisoner of war who went on to become a set designer for TV shows including "Magnum, P.I." and "Hawaii Five-0."  

He was the great-grandson of whaling captain James Makee.  Henshaw's father, Marshall Brooke "Kelly" Henshaw, founded the law firm Henshaw Conroy and Hamilton, now Rush Moore Craven Sutton Morry & Beh.  

Henshaw is survived by his close friend and associate of 35 years, Wally White, and by a niece, Marsha Broadwell Keen.

(photo)Photo: George Herbert "Buck" Henshaw 5

Social Security information for George Herbert Henshaw: 557-40-5558


Sources

  1. Contribution from Teresa Griffis 9-3-03 (), citing:
    Obituary of George Henshaw; Waycross Journal-Herald (Waycross, Ware County, Georgia), Tuesday, Aug 26 2003, page 2.
  2. 1920 census, Honolulu, Hawaii Territory; roll T625-2036, ED 34, page 1B, line #36, dwelling #10.
  3. 1930 census, Koolaupoko, Honolulu, Hawaii Territory; roll T626-2636, ED 54, page 8A, line #4, dwelling #173, family #174.
  4. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See: http://www.rootsweb.com/~rwguide/lesson10.htm
  5. Obituary of George Herbert "Buck" Henshaw; The Honolulu Advertiser:
    http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/Aug/26/ln/ln42a.html.
  6. http://www.voy.com/60649/22315.html.
  7. Obituary of George Herbert "Buck" Henshaw; Stanford Alumni Magazine:
    http://www.stanfordalumni.org/news/magazine/2004/janfeb/classnotes/obituaries.html.
  8. Memorial for George Herbert "Buck" Henshaw; The Honolulu Advertiser:
    http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/Aug/27/ln/ln58a.html.


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