Albert Edward "Al" Hennessee Houk

Male 1914 - 2003  (88 years)


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  • Name Albert Edward "Al" Hennessee Houk 
    Born 20 May 1914  Glen Alpine, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Bio-Chemical Ph D.  [1
    Died 22 Jan 2003 
    Buried National Memorial Park, Falls Church, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I2264  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 25 Feb 2016 

    Father Emanuel Augustus "Gus" Hennessee, II,   b. 30 Dec 1863, Glen Alpine, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1918, Glen Alpine, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Mother Linnie Raye "Raye" Brinkley,   b. 12 Feb 1893, Glen Alpine, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1981, Alexandria, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 20 Dec 1912  Glen Alpine, Burke County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Photos
    Dr. Gus Hennessee's (1863-1918) Homeplace
    Dr. Gus Hennessee's (1863-1918) Homeplace
    in Glen Alpine, Burke County, North Carolina.
    This is a recent photo, taken and contributed by Andrea Brooks,
    June 5, 2013

    Has it come to your attention that the long-abandoned-and-offered-for-sale early 20th Century Dr. Augustus Hennessee home handsomely over looking Glen Alpine, NC, finally has new owners?
    Purchaser is a family which with friends are making the house livable again.
    Hennessee cousin Caroline Ervin and her real estate agent daughter "Laura Ervin Mulwee" can provide more details...

    Manassa Nixon "Nick" Hennessee, III (1930- , HENNESSEE Researcher & Historian, nasnick@mindspring.com, sends these comments, December 31, 2015
    Family ID F409  Group Sheet

    Family Vivian Louretta Judge,   b. 2 Sep 1917, Wetzel Co.,WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1995  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 1 Jan 1941  Washington, DC Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. James Calvin Houk
     2. Lawrence Edward Houk,   b. 10 Sep 1952, Denver, Denver County, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1988, Lisbon,MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
     3. William Keith Houk
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F1332  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 May 1914 - Glen Alpine, Burke County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Jan 1941 - Washington, DC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - National Memorial Park, Falls Church, Fairfax County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Lived in Woodbine,MD. Contributed information on this family, 8/9/91.

      Albert was born in Glen Alpine, NC, the son of Dr. Emanuel Augustus Hennesse Jr. & Linnie Rae Brinkley. After the death of Dr. Augustus Hennessee, Raye married Calvin Avery Houk who adopted Albert.

      Albert Houk obtained a PhD in biochemistry from Columbia University in New York. He served in the Army for five years. He went on to work as a laboratory assistant director in Rochester, N.Y. and with the FOod and Drug Administration. He retired after 25 years of service.

      He died of congestive heart failure and pneumonia at age 88. His wife, Vivian Louretta Judge, predeceased him. He is survived by son James and WIlliam Keith Houk and a sister, Nita Raye Hennessee-Houk Shepard. A third son, Laurence Edward Houk, also predeceased him.

      (from his obituary in the Morganton (NC) News Herald.
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      "American Men & Women of Science", Vol.III:G-I, 1979;

      HOUK,ALBERT EDWARD HENNESSEE, b. Glen Alpine,NC,May 20;m 41;CHEMISTRY,BIO- PHYSICS. Educ: Univ.Minn,BS,36,MS,38;Columbia Univ.,PhD(chem.),44,Prof Exp: Asst. agr biochem,Univ Minn.36-38;instr chem & agr chem,Purdue Univ,38-39;from assoc to asst prof ppysiol chem,Chicago Med Sch.44-45,admin asst & proj chiel Standard Brands,Inc.,45-46;head nutrit res dept,H.J.Heinz Co.,46-49,asst dir lab serv,St.Mary's Hosp.,55-56;chief chem,Providence Hosp,56;chemist FOOD & DRUG ADMIN.,Rockville,MD,56-Mem:AAAS;Am Chem Soc;Asn Anal.Chemists Res;Drug manufacture and controls,clinical chemistry and biopharmaceutical,sanitary engineering and preventive medicine,nutrition,pesticides and food additives.

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    • From: "Nita Shepard"
      To: "David Alden Hennessee" ; "Nick Hennessee"
      Subject: Albert
      Date: Friday, June 01, 2001 9:26 AM

      Hi, Folks: Just wanted you to know: Albert was taken to the hospital a few days ago with congestive heart failure. On May 30, he was discharged to the Asbury Methodist Village, Wilson Health Care Center,
      301 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg, Md. 20877 (Room 211-B). I would imagine this will be a permanent change. Albert had an 87th birthday May 20. Hope all is well with you both. Cuz Nita


    • Obituaries, April 27, 2003, Morganton News Herald, Tuesday, April 29, 2003

      Albert Hennessee-Houk MONTGOMERY, Md. ---

      Dr. Albert Edward Hennessee-Houk, 88, died at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003, of congestive heart failure and pneumonia, at Montgomery General Hospital, Montgomery County, Md. Albert was born May 20, 1914, in Glen Alpine, N.C., the son of Dr. Emanuel Augustus Hennessee Jr. and Linnie Raye (Raye) Brinkley and the adopted son of Calvin Avery Houk.

      After the death of Dr. Hennessee, Raye married Avery Houk, son of John Lewis Houk and Mary Ann Ward of the Quaker Meadows area.

      As a young person, Albert joined the Boy Scouts, becoming an Eagle Scout while in Austin High School, Chicago. He received a scholarship to and graduated with a BS from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, in 1936. He obtained an MS in 1938, teaching chemistry and agricultural chemistry at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., 1938-39.

      While conducting cancer research at Yale University under a Fellowship, Dr. Houk obtained a PhD in biochemistry from Columbia University, New York City.

      Before joining the Army for a five-year term, he taught physiological chemistry and clinical laboratory methods to medical students at Chicago Medical School as well as working for Standard Brands, New York City, doing quality control and product development.

      He also worked at H.J. Heinz, Pittsburgh, supervising Heinz's nutritional laboratory staff.

      Dr. Houk saw active duty in the Army Medical Services Corps, was assigned to Second General Hospital, Landstuhl, Germany, the Army Medical Nutrition Laboratory, Chicago, and the Fitzsimons Army Hospital, Denver. Honorably discharged, Dr. Houk joined the Army Reserves.

      He retired as a lieutenant colonel after 20 years of service. He had worked as Acting Inspector General of Army Medical Units (Medical Services Corps). Hospitals included the 805th Hospital Center, Rockville, Md., 2290th U.S. Army Hospital, Rockville, Md., among many others.

      In 1955, Dr. Houk became assistant director of Laboratory Services, St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, N.Y., and in 1956 chief chemist at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. He served as biochemist for the Food and Drug Administration, evaluating new drug applications, food additives as well as pesticides and their effect on the environment, retiring after 25 years of service.

      Dr. Houk is listed in "American Men and Women of Science," 14th Edition, Volume 3, G-1, 1979.

      The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Md., with Pastor Mark Stauffer officiating. Burial was in National Memorial Park, Falls Church, Va. An Army Honor Guard played Taps, presenting Albert's oldest son, James Calvin Houk, with an American flag.

      Surviving are: sons James and William Keith Houk; two grandchildren, Brian and Stephanie Houk; as well as a sister, Nita Raye Hennessee-Houk Shepard.

      His wife, Vivian Louretta (Louretta) Judge, predeceased him. She is also interred in the family plot at the National Memorial Park along with son Lawrence Edward Houk.

      Pastor Stauffer's remarks emphasized that Dr. Houk's academic and government careers were a natural extension of the care and generosity he felt for other people. His dedication to serving others and
      bettering their lives could not be surpassed.

  • Sources 
    1. [S35] Nita Raye Hennessee Shephard (1913-2003) | major contributor for the JOHN HENNESSEE Family.

    2. [S101] findagrave.com.

    3. [S1180] Gene & Dreama Hennessee | Family Group Records | 4237 West Enon Drive,Enon,OH 45323 | 513.864.7047 (Reliability: 3).