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Retired Dr. Wallace Herrell dies at 82

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Dr. Wallace E. Herrell, 82, of Dr. Herrell

2303 Baihly Lane S.W., a retired Mayo Clinic physician, died Tuesday evening (April 7, 1992) in the skilled nursing facility at the Charter House after a lengthy illness.

Born Oct. 1, 1909, in Marshall, Va., he married Margaret E. Harwick on Jan. 18, 1936, in Rochester. Dr. Herrell received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Virginia and interned at Mason Hospital in Seattle. He served as an instructor at Mayo Foundation Graduate School and as assistant professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota, and after his residency here was named to the permanent staff at the clinic in 1938. He became head of his section in 1946 and became a full professor in 1951. He worked in internal medicine in the Department of Infectious Disease. From 1953 to 1967, he lived in Lexington, Ky., while he was professor of medicine at the University of Kentucky and practiced internal medicine at the Lexington Clinic. He retired to Rochester in 1972.

He was named Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year in Rochester in 1943. Dr. Herrell was a pioneer in the field of penicillin and other antibiotics, and authored several books on the subject, including ``Penicillin and Other Antibiotic Agents,'' ``Erythromycin'' and ``Lincomycin,'' and served as editor-in-chief of Medical Digest Publications. He was a member of numerous medical societies and fraterntiies, and was a member of the Thoroughbred Club of America and the Rochester Golf and Country Club.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Judge Stephen B. of Portland, Ore., and John H. of Rochester; a daughter, Sarah (Mrs. J. Brady) Foust of St. Paul; and eight grandchildren. A brother preceded him in death.


The funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at Calvary Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Nicklas Mezacapa of Calvary Episcopal and the Rev. Marty Pfab, a hospital Episcopal chaplain, co-officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Vine Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation.

Memorials are suggested to the Mayo Foundation.

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