Hayse Henderson, an indoor track and field coach and math teacher at Meade High School in Fort Meade, died Thursday during an operation at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. The Pasadena resident was 51.
Mr. Henderson was receiving a new pacemaker during the operation, his wife said, when he had a heart attack.
He had been teaching in the Anne Arundel County school system for 28 years and had been at Meade High since 1990. Mr. Henderson was Meade's head football coach from 1990 to 1993.
Before transferring to Meade in 1990, Mr. Henderson worked for 19 years as an assistant football coach at Glen Burnie High School.
Last year, Mr. Henderson, an African-American, sued the county school system and charged it with discrimination, arguing that he had been passed over several times for promotions at Glen Burnie and Meade in favor of less-qualified white applicants. The suit was dismissed this year by a federal judge in Baltimore.
Born in Georgia, Mr. Henderson was raised in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was a star middle linebacker for Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., where he received a bachelor's degree. He received a master's degree from Morgan State University.
Services will be held at noon Thursday at Mount Calvary United Methodist Church, 1236 Jones Station Road, Arnold.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, the former Betty J. Wilson; a daughter, Sharhonda Henderson of Laurel; two sons, Bartholomy Henderson of Brooklyn Park and Benneth Henderson of Pasadena; four sisters, Maggie Henderson, Agnest Williams and Willie Pearl Freeman, all of Pahokee, Fla., and Jewrey Morris of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a brother, John Dud Henderson of Pahokee; and a granddaughter.