Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research

Dr. Jack Durnin Herbert

Dr. Jack Durnin Herbert passed away peacefully in River Ridge LA on June 21, 2011 at the age of 70. He is survived by his wife Sue Herbert, two sons: Alan (Becky) and Jonathan, two granddaughters: Sadie and Sophie, and 2 sisters, Joan Herbert Murchison (Cam) of Black Mountain , NC and Anna Herbert Farrell (Ed) of Springfield , VA. Dr. Herbert was born in Hammond , LA to the parents of Jack Farley Herbert and Ruth Durnin Herbert. Dr. Herbert was a resident of the New Orleans area for the past 48 years. He was a graduate of Rhodes College ( Memphis , TN ) and received his PhD in biochemistry from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center ( New Orleans ). As Course Director of Dental Biochemistry, he mentored numerous medical, dental, graduate students and junior faculty. He had a unique lecturing style and used his deep resonant voice to emphasize important points. In addition to his lifelong dedication to science, he had a passion for the culture and camaraderie of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Since its inception, it was rare to find a day that he was not in attendance. A Memorial gathering will begin at 10:00 A.M. with service at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at the home of his son. For more information email, In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Doctors Without Borders. Donations may be made at

Published in The Times-Picayune on 12 July 2011 
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Created on 12 July 2011