Doug Henry
Doug Henry

Doug has been a member of the Board of Directors since the fall of 2009.  Doug was born and raised in Dubuque. He’s married to Martha Fuerste, another Dubuque native. They have three sons, all married, and a granddaughter, age 5.  Their son Ed and his wife, Mary Bryant, and their daughter, Lela, recently moved to Dubuque. Andrew and his wife, Danielle Phillips, have lived in Dubuque for several years and expect to move to St. Louis in the Fall of 2016 when Danielle starts graduate school.  Phil and his wife, Tess Kean, also a Dubuque native, live in Minneapolis.

Doug and Martha spend their time together with family and in traveling, reading, cooking (and eating) and roaming the backroads of the tri-state area in an old car.  Martha also spends time playing pickleball and mah jongg and with her book club; Doug also spends time on his bicycle.

Doug is a lawyer, a shareholder in the Dubuque law firm Fuerste, Carew, Juergens & Sudmeier, PC. He has practiced law with the firm since May, 1978. Doug was a member of the Constructive Integration Task Force and the Dubuque Council for Diversity and welcomed the opportunity to continue that work when invited to join the Board of Directors of the MFC in 2009.

Doug has two main reasons for supporting the MFC: 1) he has enjoyed a happy life in Dubuque, he has a great sense of place and belonging in this community, and he hopes that by his support of the MFC he can help everyone who lives here to enjoy the same sense of community, and 2) he sees that as the world becomes more connected, intercultural interaction becomes more frequent and more significant, and he believes that clannish isolation and hostility to strangers will not work in this world, that fear of differences must give way to interest, understanding and acceptance of differences in culture in order to reach individual, family and community potential and build unity out of diversity.