Hamilton County


Lt. Paul Richard Benedict Herrick




Paul Richard ‘Richard’ Benedict Herrick was born Sept. 2, 1917 to William Joseph and Mary Matilda ‘Tillie’ McGrath Herrick. He died Mar. 19, 1985 and is buried in Calvary Hill Cemetery, Dallas, TX.

Lt. Herrick was in charge of medics for the Second battalion of the 22nd regiment in the Fourth infantry division for the U.S. Army.

Dr. Herrick was married to the former Frances Whitley Hemingway of Webster City, IA.

Obituary: Dallas Times Herald, Dallas, TX - Mar. 22, 1985

Orthopedic surgeon Richard Herrick dies

Dallas orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Benedict Herrick, who helped pioneer a non-surgical treatment for a spinal disorder, has died of a heart attack at his home. He was 67.

A rosary for Herrick who died Wednesday, was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today at Crane-Weiland Funeral Chapel. A funeral Mass is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Christ the King Catholic Church with burial at Calvary Hill Cemetery.

During the late 1960s, Herrick was one of the first in this region and one of only 12 surgeons nationwide authorized to use the then experimental chemonucleoysis for lumbar disc disease, which involves injection of an enzyme into a damaged, herniated or diseased disc.

He grew up in Ottumwa, Iowa, graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received his medical degree from the University of Iowa in 1943.

Herrick moved to Dallas in 1948 and began his practice in the Oak Lawn area. He was on the staff of St. Paul Hospital for 35 years, serving as chief of orthopedic surgery for 13 years.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly Herrick of Dallas; daughters, Mary Frances Herrick Macy of New Orleans, Ginny Pitre and Julie Herrick, both of Dallas; sons, Patrick Benedict Herrick, Christopher Anthony Herrick, Timothy Joseph Herrick and Michael Joseph Herrick, all of Dallas; step-daughter, Kathryn Harris of Plano; sister, Margaret Derry of Portland, Maine; brother, William J. Herrick of Portland, Maine; and five grandchildren.

Source: ancestry.com