John Wyatt Herndon Jr., M.D., of Houston, Texas, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Roblyn Markham Herndon; his daughter, Sally Herndon Lombardo and her husband, Dr. Randy Lombardo of Beaumont; his son, John Wyatt Herndon III and his wife, Amy, of Houston; five Lombardo grandchildren, Noah, Nathaniel, Sam, Jesse and Olivia; and two Herndon grandchildren, Abbey and Kelsy. He is also survived by his sister, Katherine Westmoreland and her husband, Louis, their children and grandchildren; his uncle, Dr. E. Burke Evans of Galveston; his brother-in-law, Dean Reynolds of Dallas; and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John W. and Hattie Belle Evans Herndon and his sister, Rosanne Reynolds.?
Dr. Herndon was born in Waxahachie on Sept. 6, 1929. He graduated as valedictorian of Waxahachie High School and entered Baylor University at 16 years of age, earning membership in the Alpha Chi Honorary Society and completing his degree in three years to enter Baylor College of Medicine. A member of the AOA Society, he graduated in 1953, completed his internship at Hermann Hospital and his otolaryngology residency training through Baylor College of Medicine. He and his wife, Roblyn, were married Oct. 15, 1955, and lived briefly in Houston before moving to Washington, D.C., where he served for two years as a captain in the medical branch of the Air Force stationed at Bolling Field and Andrews Air Force Base. He returned to Houston, taking a fellowship in otology with Dr. Fred Guilford, and joined the Medical Center Ear, Nose and Throat Associates where he had been in continuous practice for 54 years until the recurrence of a melanoma forced his retirement Nov. 24, 2010.?
In addition to membership in the Harris County, Texas and American Medical Associations, Dr. Herndon was an active member of the Houston medical community, serving as clinical associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Baylor Medical School and the University of Texas Medical School. He was active in the Houston Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, and was president of the Texas Association of Otolaryngology. He was on the consulting staff of Methodist, St. Luke’s and Texas Children’s Hospitals and was president of the board of trustees and chief of staff at Diagnostic Center Hospital. The Alumni Association of Baylor Medical School recognized him in 2004 by making him the recipient of its Outstanding Alumni Award. Dr. Herndon was instrumental in the establishment of the Museum of Health and Medical Science, serving as director of the development committee and as a trustee for a number of years.?
On the occasion of his retirement, many patients and colleagues wrote to him of their great respect and affection. “You will be greatly missed by all who deeply appreciated not only your professional attention but the personal warmth of your interaction with each of us.” “You were the top of the many colleagues I was privileged to work with.” “It has been a delight to be employed by you. You have been soft spoken, mild tempered, and most important, a man of integrity who has a genuine concern for his patients.”?
A devout and dedicated Christian, Dr. Herndon was an active member of South Main Baptist Church in Houston for 50 years, serving as a deacon and holding many positions of responsibility. He especially loved being involved in the area of music. During his years as a medical student he was music director at Rice Temple Baptist Church. At South Main Baptist Church he lovingly served as the leader of the Men’s Bible Class Choir, a group often asked to sing at church services and special events. Outside of his church activities, his interests were varied. He loved attending the Houston Symphony concerts and other musical events, traveling the world with good friends, spending weekends on hunting trips and as many afternoons as possible playing golf. He had a keen interest in genealogy and traced his ancestors back through the centuries, recording the family history and visiting their countries of origin. Always a man of dignity and integrity, with a kind and steady demeanor, John was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.?
A memorial service was held to celebrate the life of John Herndon on Friday, Feb. 11, at South Main Baptist Church. A graveside service will take place in the Wyatt family plot in Waxahachie City Cemetery at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 17.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests, with gratitude, those memorial contributions in his name be directed to the South Main Baptist Church Foundation, 4100 S. Main St., Houston, TX 77002.