Ronald Lee Herrick

Ronald Lee Herrick

Birth
Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 27 Dec 2010 (aged 79)
Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine, USA
Burial Mount Vernon, Kennebec County, Maine, USA
Memorial ID 63560713 · View Source
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Medical Pioneer. He was the donor in the world's first successful organ transplant. Raised on a family farm in Rutland, Massachusetts, he served in the US Army and was a freshman at Worcester State Teacher's College in 1954 when he made the decision to donate one of his kidneys to his twin brother Richard who was terminally ill with chronic nephritis. After testing to determine that the brothers were indeed identical twins, the surgery was performed by Dr. Joseph Murray, who received the 1990 Nobel Prize for his work, on December 23, 1954, at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. Following the procedure, Richard lived an additional eight years while Ronald returned to college within two weeks. He spent 37 years as a high school math teacher in Massachusetts and Maine while also operating a cattle farm. He retired to Belgrade, Maine, in 1997 and died of complications from heart surgery.

Bio by: Bob Hufford


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  • Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
  • Added: 31 Dec 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 63560713
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ronald Lee Herrick (15 Jun 1931–27 Dec 2010), Find a Grave Memorial no. 63560713, citing Mount Vernon Community Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Kennebec County, Maine, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .