Memorial Fund Honors Former Dean Henglein

Greta Henglein
Patricia Sheehan and Dr. Cheryl Pridgeon enjoy the poinciana tree which was planted in memory of Greta Henglein.

Friends and staff members held a celebration of life and tree planting ceremony to honor Greta Henglein, former Dean of Students (2000-2008) while initiating The Greta Henglein Memorial Fund in her name.  Henglein passed away on October 3, 2013 after a courageous fight with Stage IV breast cancer, a disease that was originally diagnosed during her time at Northwood Florida. 

“During Greta’s tenure, her devotion to her students was clearly evident and reflected by their love and respect for her care of them. She loved Northwood University and devoted countless hours to our students on our Florida campus, always striving to give the best and to bring out the best in others,” said Patricia Sheehan, Executive Assistant to President Dr. Tom Duncan.

Designed to assist students who have unique financial needs, the Fund specifically targets both new and returning students who have exhausted all other forms of aid, but who still have need.  “The Greta Henglein Memorial Fund is appropriately named for a wonderful person who devoted herself to Northwood Florida students,” said Duncan.  “Going forward, we are now able to assist students with unique kinds of need, and honor Greta’s devotion to NU-Florida students.”

To learn more about the fund and how to donate, please contact Allison Tardonia at (561) 478-5539 or, To contribute directly online, please visit: and click on The Greta Henglein Memorial Fund.


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