NAOMI HENDERSON Obituary – Death, NAOMI HENDERSON Funeral
HENDERSON Naomi Henderson CEO of RIVA Market Research and co-founder of RIVA Training Institute, Naomi R Henderson, 77, passed away on December 21, 2021, from complications related to Covid. She was vaccinated. Naomi was born in Alexandria, Louisiana, on January 2, 1944, the second of four daughters to Joseph and Anna Hairston. As the daughter of an Army officer, she grew accustomed to traveling and starting fresh in new places. She traveled across the US six times by car, and across the Pacific Ocean twice to live in Asia. Naturally creative, Naomi wrote and performed plays in elementary school for the neighborhood families on her front porch, using bedsheets as curtains to ensure her entrances were dramatic. She attended Roosevelt High school in Washington, DC, and received undergraduate degrees in psychology and education from D.C. Teachers College (UDC) and a master’s in education from American University. She was a guest lecturer at George Washington University, Georgetown University, University of Georgia, and Hood College. She was excited to continue her education and, before becoming ill, had recently announced that she would be pursuing her doctorate in 2022. She served as a Master Trainer, teaching researchers the art and science of rigorous qualitative research techniques, writing curriculum for public and custom courses, and fulfilling her dream of leaving the industry better than when she entered. Naomi led more than 6,000 focus groups and interviewed more than 60,000 respondents in groups or individually, receiving national recognition as a Master Moderator. She’s been featured by Forbes Magazine and The New York Times, with T.V. appearances including The CBS Evening News, PBS Health Week, and NBC Dateline, along with several podcasts. She married the love of her life Luc Henderson in 1964, and they shared joy of life, travel, and art. Luc and Naomi taught themselves to ice skate, later mastering pairs ice-dancing – just for the fun of it.
They frequented the Cabin John Ice Rink in the 1970s. Naomi was an original, a one-of-a-kind bright light in the world. She could make anyone feel like they were the most important person in the room. Loving, generous and thoughtful, she made an exceptional contribution to any activity or group she was a part of. Her warmth drew people to her, and though she didn’t have children, she was a surrogate mother-figure to many, as well as a loving aunt, sister, daughter, colleague, and mentor. Her absence will leave a great void in many lives. Naomi was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Luc Henderson, her father, Joseph H. Hairston, and her sister, Nancy Falne. The Arts were an essential part of Naomi’s life. She enjoyed performances at the Kennedy Center and other local venues and was excited that exhibitions and performances were opening again in all genres. With this in mind, in lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA at: www.uarts.edu/donatenow. In the interest of health and safety for all, a virtual memorial is planned for January 28, 2022, at 11 a.m. https://afterword.com/stories/naomi-r-henderson In the interest of health and safety for all, a virtual memorial is planned for January 28, 2022, at 11 a.m. https://afterword.com/stories/naomi-r-henderson