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Herman Ellis “Doc” Rickard

  • Birth 11 Feb 1929 Mason County, West Virginia, USA
  • Death 3 May 2010 San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA
  • Burial Los Osos, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA
  • Plot Section, Sunrise Garden, Row 9, Site 44A
  • Memorial ID 58748646

Herman Ellis Rickard, 81, was the son of the late Altha Clorine Rickard and Lovina Virginia (Roush) Rickard.

He received his B.S. degree in Dairy Science from Ohio State University in December 1950.

Herman served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict.

After returning from the War, he received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

He met Eleanor "Sue" Merritt at OSU and they were married in 1956.

Herman was a Dairy Science Professor at Cal Poly for 30 years. In addition to teaching, Herman supervised the Dairy Project and coached the Dairy Cattle Judging teams. Hundreds of project students and judging team members have fond memories of "Doc." His judging teams had many successes, including three national champion teams.

Herman's family was also of high priority and he was always proud of their accomplishments.

Mr. Rickard is survived by his wife of 53 years, Eleanor "Sue" (Merritt) Rickard; children, Matt (Dana) of Turlock, Calif., Brett (Rachelle) of Atascadero and Amy (John) Wheeler of Honey Creek, Iowa; grandchildren, Keith (Melissa) Rickard of Tulare, Calif., Kenneth (Maria) Rickard of Denair, Calif., Meredith and Austin Rickard of Atascadero, Zack Wheeler, and Ashley and Raymond Boyd of Honey Creek; siblings Ellen (Bob) Schmidt of Delaware, Ohio, Marie Jeffers of London, Ohio, and Reuben (Carolyn) Rickard of Hebbardsville, Ohio.

Family Members


SGT US Army - Korea
Husband Father Grandfather Teacher and Mentor





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  • Originally Created by: Inge and Patrick Campbell Sr.
  • Added: 16 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 58748646
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Herman Ellis “Doc” Rickard (11 Feb 1929–3 May 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58748646, citing Los Osos Valley Memorial Park, Los Osos, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA ; Maintained by SGirton (contributor 47315421) .