A proud member of the class of 1960, Henry harnessed every opportunity he had to encourage his fellow classmates and friends to join him in providing opportunities for future generations of Salem State students. His pride for his alma mater was infectious and inspiring.
For over 34 years, Henry and Claire Dembowski have been champions for Salem State and the transformative power that a public higher education can provide for a student and their families. The Dembowski family wishes to honor the legacy of Henry by encouraging friends and family to support the organization that he deeply loved and valued.
By giving to the Dembowski Family Theatre Endowment Fund you are honoring Henry’s passion for supporting the arts at Salem State.
We are grateful to an anonymous donor who has graciously offered to match all gifts to the fund, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000.
Remembering Henry S. Dembowski
JULY 29, 1939 – SEPTEMBER 25, 2022
Henry S. Dembowski passed away peacefully on September 25, 2022 following a brief illness. Henry was born in Lynn on July 29,1939 to Helen (Osuchoski) and Walter Dembowski. He attended Lynn Classical High School and earned his Bachelor and Masters degrees from Salem State University. He is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-five years, Claire (Caram) Dembowski, his son Stephen and wife Kristin and their two children, Anna and Kate; his son David and wife Vanessa and their three children, Max, Samantha and Alexa. Henry was brother to Walter (deceased) and his wife Jane and to Richard and his wife Lois. He was brother-in-law to Elaine Dalton (deceased) and to Louis Caram (deceased) and his wife Jean. Henry is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.
Henry’s lively personality and zest for life attracted many people, young and old, who became part of his extended “family.” He never missed an opportunity to celebrate, whether it be hosting fund raising events, spectacular gala affairs or visits to “Henry’s House” on Martha’s Vineyard.
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