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Dr. Dora Rose Herring
(October 5, 1928 - May 2, 2018)
Dr. Dora Rose Herring, 89, of Starkville, formally of Winona, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Dora was born on October 5, 1928, to
Henry Calvin and Hattie Harville Rose..
Dora is preceded in death by her husband, Uldric Ward Herring; her parents, Henry Calvin Rose and Hattie Rose Barnhill; and a daughter,
Survivors include three sons Dr. Calvin Herring (Sheila) of Gadsden, AL, Dr. Barry Herring (Karen) of Starkville, MS, and Dr. Clyde Herring
(Tammye) of Starkville, MS, two brothers Dr. Lloyd Rose of Starkville, MS, and H. C. Rose of Ridgeland, MS, seven grandchildren and twenty
Of the many words you could use to describe Dora Herring, “trailblazer” might be the best. She was the first female accounting student at
Mississippi State University, the first doctoral student admitted to the DBA program, the first female hired to teach in the College of
Business, the first person, male or female, in the state of Mississippi to hold a CPA and Doctorate in Accounting, and the first female to
serve as the president of the Mississippi Society of CPA’s.
With a husband and three sons at home at a time when women were not even teaching in the college of business, Dora was pioneering her
way toward a DBA. She became the first at MSU to specialize in what is now called accounting information systems, thereby solidifying her
place on the faculty.
During her time at MSU, Dora was involved in the planning of McCool Hall, the transition from a department to a school of accountancy, the
centennial anniversary of the university, and many other activities.
Today when anyone mentions the “legends of MSU accounting”, you can bet that Dora Herring is in a league of her own.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Starkville, exhibiting her enthusiasm by serving as Sunday School teacher and church
treasurer for many years, and was instrumental in developing the church’s new children’s building. She was a long time member of the
Starkville Rotary Club and the Starkville Planning and Zoning Commission.
Affectionately known as Mama Dora, she enjoyed sewing, traveling, helping and mentoring others, and being surrounded by family, while
cheering them on. Every member of her family is blessed, thankful, and proud of her.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at First Baptist Church of Starkville, with Rev. Chip Stevens and Rev. Clifton
Curtis officiating. Visitation will be Friday, May 4, From 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Starkville; and also prior to the service
Saturday there will be a visitation from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., at the church.
Pallbearers will be Sam Herring, Chris Ross, Jordan Herring, Christopher Herring, Jon Woolfolk, and Jake Ross.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Audio-Tech Ministry of First Baptist Church in Starkville.
Friday, May 4 5 - 7 pm
Sat. May 5 12:30 - 1:45 pm
First Baptist Church
Sat. May 5 2 pm
First Baptist Church
|October 5, 1928
May 2, 2018
|cerese and rex teel
We loved MS Dora. Rex was on the counting committee with her which meets every Monday morning. And she was
in my S.S. class. She will be missed by so many. Our hearts go out to all of her sons and other family members. May
God bless and comfort all of you and our church body.
Rex and Cerese Teel
Calvin, Barry, and Clyde ... So saddened to get the news about Dora; I saw her just three years ago and she was, as
always, bustling with energy, unslowed by age, and well on her way to 100 it seemed... What a wonderfully unique
person she was... We'll all miss her immensely.
bill and pat cunningham
Our deepest sympathy goes out to her family. She will be missed by many!
Fay Braswell Ferguson
With deepest sympathy to the family of Dr. Dora Herring, she will be greatly missed.
Jane and Ira Loveless
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
joan burns herring
My husband was Robert Herring, son of Percy and Maurine Herring (mr. will 's brother). I did haven the distinct
privilege of meeting Dora and Ward on a few occasions. We were in awe of their accomplishments. My son and I
attended Ward's service, and I am sorry I will be unable to attend Dora's. I live in Murfreesboro, Tn. , formerly of
Winona, Miss. Mr. Will used to pick the brother and me up on our way to school and deliver us safely to the school.
We thought he was great.
Again, I am saddened by the news of Dora. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at this sad time.
Bob's first teaching job (English Dept.) was at Miss State (1961/62). Dora and ward helped acclimate us to the
campus, had us over for coffee, and generally helped us feel welcome to State. They were wonderful.