James W. Henry ’75
James “Jim” Henry ‘75, a native of Marion, Massachusetts, was an outstanding member of the Tabor community. A true student-athlete in the sports of football, wrestling, and crew, Jim’s commitment to sportsmanship, leadership, and academic excellence was evident through his drive for high achievement in all that he did throughout his Tabor career.
In 1971, Jim came to Tabor Academy in the footsteps of three older brothers. He worked hard in every sport – on the field, the mat, and the water. His tenacity paid off as he went through the junior varsity ranks. During his sophomore year, Jim was promoted to the varsity wrestling team. That summer he also rowed at the 1973 Henley Royal Regatta in the four-man crew with coxswain. During Jim’s junior year, he was a three-sport starter for the varsity football, wrestling, and crew teams. In his final year at Tabor, Jim co-captained the football team, was a tri-captain of the wrestling team — a team that won the New England Class “A” Independent Schools Championship four years in a row — and captain of the crew team.
Jim tried hard to lead by example, including self-imposed summer workouts with football teammate Tom Dunn ’75. His prized possession is a scale-model oar, which was awarded each year to the team captain. In the 1975 Fore & Aft yearbook, Jim was named Class Athlete and Most Likely to Succeed.
Nominated by Tabor, Jim was a four-year recipient of the Morehead Scholarship (now Morehead-Cain) at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where he earned a degree in journalism. While at UNC, he was commissioned in the US Navy Reserve via Navy ROTC and served three years of active duty as a surface warfare officer. At Chapel Hill, he also wrestled his freshman year and played two years on the UNC club football team against other Atlantic Coast Conference club teams.
After serving in the Navy, Jim began a career in journalism as a reporter and editor. He is a past president of the New York-based International Motor Press Association.
A late-blooming long-distance runner, Jim ran his first marathon at age 46. To date, he has completed a total of 17 marathons in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Hyannis, and Newport, and hundreds of other races ranging from 5Ks to half marathons.
Awards & Achievements
- 1972 Classical Studies I Award; Spanish II Award; English I Award
- 1973 Gregg Junior Citizenship Award; Spanish III Award
- 1974 Tabor’s Jules Luchini Award, given to the most improved football player
- 1974 Tabor’s Harry & Jackie Hoyle Bowl, awarded to the most improved oarsman
- 1974 English III Award; Spanish IV Award; Villafane Spanish Award; Harvard Award
- 1975 Russian History Award; English IV Award
- 1975 Heavyweight Champion, Christmas Invitational Wrestling Tournament
- 1975 Individual New England Class “A” Wrestling Champion, Heavyweight class
- 1975 Tabor’s Roderick Beebe Award, given to a member of the varsity boys’ crew to recognize enthusiasm and performance
- 1975 Commencement Award for General Excellence in Sports, Athletic Skill, and Team Spirit