Dr. Herbert Fred

Herbert Fred, MD, MACP, 89, died Dec. 30, 2018. He was a professor of internal medicine at McGovern Medical School from 1971 until his retirement in 2016, when he was then appointed professor emeritus.

A graduate of the Rice Institute, he received his MD degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1954. He completed his internship and residency training at the University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals in Salt Lake City. After two years in the U.S. Air Force, he joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine in 1962. During his seven years at Baylor, he was named the Outstanding Full-time Clinical Faculty Member by the senior classes of 1964 and 1965. The senior class of 1967 dedicated its annual, the Aesculapian, to him.

Dr. Fred became director of Medical Education at St. Joseph Hospital, Houston, in 1969. In 1971, he joined the faculty of McGovern Medical School. Between 1974 and 1979, the interns and residents at St. Joseph Hospital and McGovern Medical School gave him a yearly award for Excellence in Teaching, and from 1990 to 1999, he earned the Dean’s Excellence Award. In 1999, he received the Benjy F. Brooks, MD Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award from the Alumni Association of McGovern Medical School. He was the 2005 winner of the TIAA-CREF Distinguished Medical Educator Award.

He also was a faculty member of the UT Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, from 1968-2016.

Dr. Fred was a member of the Texas Medical Association and Harris County Medical Society for more than 60 years. His love for, and appreciation of, libraries culminated in construction of The Herbert L. Fred, MD, MACP Student Study Hall, which opened in 2016 in the Texas Medical Center Library. He was the 2017 recipient of the John P. McGovern Compleat Physician Award from the Houston Academy of Medicine in collaboration with the Harris County Medical Society.

His interest in physical fitness started in 1966, and from 1980-83 he set records for running ultra distances, including the 100-mile run (17 hours, 2 min., 3 sec. at age 53). He ended his running career in 2016, having totaled 253,010 miles.

He molded innumerable physicians in his more than half-century of bedside teaching. In 2002, his former trainees created The Herb Fred Medical Society, Inc. to honor Dr. Fred and annually gather in fellowship and service.

Surviving him are his wife of 40 years, Judy; his children, Stuart, Michael, Nancy, and their families; his step-children, Daniel, Lisa, Stefani, and Gregory; 7 granddaughters; one grandson; 2 great-granddaughters; and one-great grandson.

A memorial service and celebration of life was held Jan. 6, 2019 at the Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism. In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that donations in Dr. Fred’s name be directed to a charity of one’s choice.