“We are very saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. S. Henry Bundles, Jr. our founding president and visionary of the Center for Leadership Development. We join the Bundles family and the Indianapolis community in mourning and celebrating the life of this long time civic leader and trailblazer. While we mourn Mr. Bundles’ passing, we also laude his life and rich legacy of cultivating the lives of literally thousands of Indy youth to become professional, business and community leaders. His imprimatur on leadership formation is etched on our city and his seeds of influence will continue to bear fruit.” Dennis Bland, President, Center for Leadership Development
Henry Bundles and A’Lelia Mae Perry Bundles circa 1957 at the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company offices in Indianapolis.
Henry Bundles and Helen Baker Bundles with the 2017 Center for Leadership Development Scholars
Generations of CLD alumni hold leadership positions throughout the world in medicine, law, education, finance, media, ministry and other professions. They all remember the mantra Mr. Bundles quoted at the beginning of every session: “In Time. On Time. Every Time. Except when ahead of time, and that’s better time.”
Henry’s wife, Helen Baker Bundles, who also was his professional partner at CLD, shared how delighted they were to see an alumnus while they were on vacation in Mexico several years ago. Daughter A’Lelia is no longer surprised when people learn her last name and tell her about the impact Henry and his work at CLD had on their lives and their children’s lives.
He was a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi, having joined the Alpha Chapter while a student at IU. After he and wife Helen moved to Sarasota, Florida in the early 2000’s, he became active with the local chapter and was recognized as one of the fraternity’s oldest living members.
In May 2018, Henry was on the front row at IUPUI’s commencement celebrating the 70th anniversary of his graduation from Indiana University. Daughter A’Lelia Bundles served as speaker that day and shared his story.
The men of the Alpha Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi at Indiana University in 1948