John Henry Waddell

American sculptor

John Henry Waddell (February 14, 1921 – November 27, 2019) was an American sculptor, painter and educator. He had a long career in art education and had many sculptures on public display. He was best known for That Which Might Have Been—his memorial to the four girls killed in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

John Henry Waddell
Waddell in March 2007
Waddell in March 2007
Born(1921-02-14)February 14, 1921
DiedNovember 27, 2019(2019-11-27) (aged 98)
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Owen
Ruth Holland

Waddell died November 27, 2019 in Verde Valley, Arizona, at the age of 98.[1]

Selected public worksEdit


  1. Lengel, Kerry (2019-12-02). "Sculptor John Henry Waddell, whose nudes dance outside the Herberger Theater, has died". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2019-12-03.