Joseph H. Hen­nage


The Washington Post Sunday - - LOCAL OPINIONS - — Adam Bern­stein

Joseph H. Hen­nage, who owned and op­er­ated a Washington area print­ing busi­ness and was a prom­i­nent col­lec­tor of Amer­i­can an­tiques, died Dec. 29 at a care fa­cil­ity near his home in Wil­liams­burg. He had Alzheimer’s dis­ease and died three days be­fore his 90th birth­day.

Mr. Hen­nage, a na­tive Wash­ing­to­nian, de­vel­oped an in­ter­est in print­ing in grade school and dur­ing World War II worked in print­ing for the Navy.

In 1945, he started Hen­nage Cre­ative Prin­ters. The busi­ness was long based in the District un­til mov­ing to Alexan­dria in the early 1980s. He closed it in 2003.

Long a col­lec­tor of early Amer­i­can fine and dec­o­ra­tive art, Mr. Hen­nage was a ma­jor donor of money and ob­jects to the State Depart­ment’s Diplo­matic Re­cep­tion Rooms. He was a long­time mem­ber and past chair­man of the re­cep­tion rooms’ fine arts com­mit­tee.

He also lent his art to the Na­tional Archives and the U.S. Supreme Court, and he was a mem­ber of the Supreme Court His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. He do­nated much of his Amer­i­can fur­ni­ture and dec­o­ra­tive arts col­lec­tion to the Colo­nial Wil­liams­burg Foun­da­tion. In 1988, he moved to Wil­liams­burg from Chevy Chase.

Joseph Howard Hen­nage was a past pres­i­dent of the Mas­ter Prin­ters of Amer­ica and past chair­man of the Print­ing In­dus­tries of Amer­ica, trade or­ga­ni­za­tions.

He was di­rec­tor of graphic arts for Mu­tual In­surance and a di­rec­tor of the Washington Board of Trade.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of 63 years, June St­ed­man Hen­nage of Wil­liams­burg.

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