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“Rest in Power Henry! My condolences, thoughts, and prayers for his family. ”
1 of 23 | Posted by: Anselmo Fonseca - Friend

“Henry was an extraordinary human being and unsung hero of the LGBTQ community. His unwavering and generous support of so many LGBTQ organizations...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: David Kilmnick - Friend

“I feel truly very blessed to have met this extraordinary human being. An Angel, in every sense of that word, his humanity, philanthropy, humor,...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Jonah Bokaer - Friend

“As a fund-raiser for Calvary Hospital, I was fortunate to have met Henry, as he asked to be called when we met him. Calvary was an outlier for the...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Leslie Bernstein - Acquaintance

“My husband Buddy Hoyt and Henry were friends from childhood. They grew up in New Jersey; their parents were also friends. I have great memories...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Suzanne Hoyt - Friend

“Henry was a truly beautiful person. I knew him through his support for Fountain House and Clubhouse International. He was an integral part of...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Joel Corcoran - Friend

“Eric,Please accept my sincere condolences. Henry was a tremendously kind gentleman. ”
7 of 23 | Posted by: Bruce Potter - Acquaintance

“Henry was our dear friend in Hudson, NY & NYC. Every year we had Christmas Day dinner together at our house with a great group of Hudson friends. We...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: Peggy Polenberg - Friend

“Not as well-known about Henry was his support of Black immigrant and African HIV treatment access. Despite his refusal to allow his name be given to...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Asfaha Hadera and Kim Nichols

“Alexis and I would like to offer Eric and Henry’s family our deepest condolences. Henry was a great man, generous with his wisdom, time and...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Jac Gares - Friend

“Bibhu and I are very blessed to consider Henry and Eric friends.Henry was a quiet force in our various communities. Henry was one of the first to...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Bobby Beard - Friend

“Henry in person was so thoughtful, warm, and gracious. The work he did supporting access to mental health care, among other issues, has left a...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Rachel Bennett - Acquaintance

“I used to work at IFF in NY when Henry was working at IFF Paris and I have fond memories of him coming to see us in the NY office and smelling...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: Sarah Friend - Coworker

“I was Vice President Corporate Fragrance Management at IFF in New York and used to see Henry when he was working at IFF in Paris and would come visit...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Sarah Friend

“Condolences to Eric and the family. Mr. Van Ameringen was a longtime generous donor of Safe Horizon's Streetwork Project. His generosity and support...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Danny Stewart - Acquaintance

“Henry's support of the LGBTQ+ community is legendary. All of us here at Brooklyn Community Pride Center are devastated by this loss and wish Eric and...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Floyd Rumohr - Friend

“Henry was so generous to our community. When he gave a substantial contribution for The NYC LGBT Center’s capital campaign, he didn’t want his...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Dorothy Sander - Acquaintance

“Henry will be greatly missed. The LGBT community was so fortunate to have him as a supporter and advocate. Condolences to his family and friends. ”
18 of 23 | Posted by: Tanya - Acquaintance

“Henry was a generous supporter of the Upper West 13th Street Block Association. His encouragement will be missed ”
19 of 23 | Posted by: Jeffrey Ryan - Neighbor

“My deepest condolences to Eric and all Henry's loved ones in this difficult time. ”
20 of 23 | Posted by: Trevor O'Reilly - Acquaintance

“My deepest sympathy to Eric and the entire family. He was one of a kind and I will miss him. ”
21 of 23 | Posted by: Kenneth Dudek - Friend

“Sending love and light for Henry’s spirit in transition. He was a true blessing in supporting LGBTQ issues. He was the first to support the...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Donna Payne-Hardy - Friend

“Sending love and light for Henry’s spirit in transition. He was a true blessing in supporting LGBTQ issues. He was the first to support the...Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: Donna Payne-Hardy - Acquaintance


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Henry van Ameringen died on September 9th, 2020, at his home in New York City. He was born on October 19th, 1930, in South Orange, New Jersey.

Henry retired from International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) as European Vice-President in charge of fragrance marketing. He served on the board of the van Ameringen Foundation, a family foundation that deals with mental health and mental illness in the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. He also served as President of the H. van Ameringen Foundation, a personal foundation that concentrates on HIV/AIDS, LGBT issues, mental health, reproductive justice, prison reform, and marijuana legalization, mostly in New York City. He served as co-founder and trustee of Galvan Foundation, a private operating foundation using community economic development and grantmaking to address poverty and inequality in the City of Hudson, NY.

He previously served on the board of Fountain House, where people with mental illnesses can find a job, a clubhouse, and friends. He also served as co-chair of the Board of Directors of In The Life Media, the award-winning nationally televised newsmagazine about LGBT people. Considered to be one of the first gay major donors, Henry gave at a level and in a way that made a sizable impact in philanthropy, focusing on ways to support those who are often marginalized or most in need. Henry graduated from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and spent decades of his life in Paris.

Henry is survived by his spouse, T. Eric Galloway, along with six nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his two siblings, Patrica van Ameringen Kind and Lily Auchincloss. Donations in his name can be made to Fountain House (fountainhouse.org) or Lambda Legal (lambdalegal.org).