Henry Edward Dorsey was born February 9, 1938, the second son of Mary Jane (Evans) Dorsey and Armstead Dorsey, Sr. in Waco, Texas. The family moved to California in 1940 and lived at 900 Chester Street in Oakland. Two years later, the family purchased 2232-2230 8th Street in Berkeley, California, where Henry lived until he married. From this union his daughters, Cheryl Dorsey and Janet Dorsey were born.
Henry accepted Jesus Christ as his savior and was baptized on May 19, 1949 at Progressive Baptist Church in Berkeley. His education began at Columbus Elementary School where he showed early athletic abilities in track and field. Henry holds records at BHS in both the 440 yards individual and 880 yards relay, and he was honored for his contributions at the BHS Hall of Fame in February of 2005.
Henry began his college studies at Sacramento City College and earned an Associate Degree and went on to California State University at Hayward where he earned a BA in Sociological Studies and a Master's Degree in Education.
Henry began his professional career as an ink maker for Cal Ink, being one of the first black ink makers in the company. He later joined the Oakland Police Department (OPD) and served as a police officer from 1960-1963. In 1963, he became a Group Counselor for the Oakland Probation Department, working at Juvenile Hall. As a result of his experiences with OPD and his work at Juvenile Hall, he decided to help young people make better choices and avoid incarceration. He continued with the Probation Department until 1970, before he found his calling in the school district.
Henry worked for Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) from 1970 to 1984. He began as the Director of Special Programs, was promoted to Vice Principal and then Principal of Berkeley High West Campus and eventually became the BUSD Ombudsman. He was a founding member of the Berkeley Association of School Administrators in 1973. Henry's experience laid the foundation for him to work in the Pittsburg Unified School District as Superintendent and Director of Special Services from 1984 to 1997, when he officially retired.
Of course, Henry was not content in retirement. He applied his skills as a volunteer and substitute instructor at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg. Henry was active in his community serving the Rotary Club of Berkeley from 1973 to 1984, and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow. He joined the Pittsburg Rotary Club in 1984 and remained a member until 2000.
Henry found his passion in retirement: spiritual healing. He founded, Divine Healing Ministry in 2004 and wrote books of the subject entitled, "My Journey to Divine Healing", and "Mastering the Journey to Divine Healing". His desire was to educate people that GOD equips us with the power to heal. Henry was a member of Sequoyah Community Church in Oakland.
Henry was a avid fisherman, golfer, and track and field enthusiast. In his retirement, he played golf with a beloved group of friends including: Tommy Scales, Rivers Gee, George Traylor, Arthur Hambrick, and others.
He also enjoyed being a member of Brother-To-Brother, the men's bible study group he regularly attended.
Henry is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jeanette Dorsey; step-children, Christine Miller, Fred Williamson, Jr., and Frank Williamson; step-grandson Live Williamson; his daughters, Cheryl Dorsey and Janet Dorsey; grandsons, David Sherin and Jeremy Sherin; sisters Joan Green and Patricia Toney, brother-in-law, Anthony Toney; a host of nieces and nephews; grand nieces and nephews; a multitude of cousins; and countless brothers, sisters, and friends of Christ.
Keith Conning: I attended the Memorial Service for Henry Dorsey at the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 3301 King Street, Berkeley, California 94703 on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
1956 CIF State Meet 440y
1 Jerry White Corcoran C # 46.7 440Y 1956
2 Henry Dorsey Berkeley NC 47.5 440Y 1956
3 Jack Yerman Woodland SJ 47.6 440Y 1956
4 Carlos Tan St Ignatius CC 47.8 440Y 1956
5 J.C. Phillips Bakersfield C 48.2 440Y 1956
6 Ron Rott Lodi SJ 48.2 440Y 1956
I sat next to Harry McCalla (Berkeley High School 1960), who placed third in the 1960 CIF State Meet mile.
1 Ben Tucker Polytechnic SF 4:14.3 Mile 1960
2 Mike Thornton Torrance S 4:15.5 Mile 1960
3 Harry McCalla Berkeley NC 4:15.6 Mile 1960
4 Bob Johnson Bakersfield C 4:17.2 Mile 1960
5-T Gene Gurule Artesia S 4:17.5 Mile 1960
5-T Bruce Bess La Habra S 4:17.5 Mile 1960
Henry (Hank) Dorsey, one of Coach Hacker's track athletes and his close friend, will officiated at a Celebration of his life on Sunday, October 17th, 2010, from 3pm to 5pm at the Sequoyah Community Church, 4292 Keller Avenue in Oakland - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/eastbaytimes/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=144992488#sthash.M9j3lA1K.dpuf