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In Memoriam: Shelton Hendricks
September 12, 2016

Shelton Hendricks has died at age 75 after a long illness. Dr. Hendricks was one of the founding members of the SBN’s predecessor, the Conference on Reproductive Behavior, and he hosted the annual meeting once in Omaha.


Shelton Hendricks has died at age 75 after a long illness. Dr. Hendricks was one of the founding members of the SBN’s predecessor, the Conference on Reproductive Behavior, and he hosted the annual meeting once in Omaha.

Shelton received his graduate training at Tulane University under the direction of Arnold Gerall. While working in Gerall’s lab, he published a now-classic study with Gerall on the effects of early castration on adult sexual behavior in male rats.

While at Tulane, Shelton also began his work on the possible influence of perinatal ovarian secretions on sexual behavioral potentiality in rats. In 1969, he accepted a position in the Psychology Department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Thus began a 43-year career at UNO where he showed a remarkable ability to continue research in the lab while accepting considerable administrative duties. Specifically, after acting as Chair of the Department of Psychology in the 1970’s, he then served as Associate Chancellor for Research, Dean of Graduate Studies, and then Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. At the same time he continued to coauthor work in the field of behavioral neuroendocrinology, culminating in some 35 publications in this area and about that many more in related topics.

The family announced that there will be a memorial service on September 10th at 10 AM at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 3114 Harney Street, Omaha, Nebraska. The family suggests that memorial donations be directed to the Shelton Hendricks Neuroscience Fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation.