Peter Henning, longtime lawyer turned scholar who focused on white collar crime, dies at 65

Betty Q. Hixson

Peter J. Henning, Grosse Pointe Park

As a former federal prosecutor and law professor, Peter Henning had expert insight on white-collar crime and an array of legal issues.

Whether in the classroom or during interviews with the media, he imparted that knowledge in memorable ways.

“He had the ability to take these complex ideas and explain them in clear terms,” said his wife of 33 years, Karen McDonald Henning, who is on the faculty at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

“It wasn’t dumbed down; it was just in terms that laypersons and students could understand and digest. …It was truly a gift.”

Mr. Henning died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, after a battle with frontotemporal degeneration, according to his wife. He was 65.

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