George K. Herbert, age 91, of Austin, died March 18, 2017. He was born July 22, 1925, in Louisville, Kentucky, to George K. Herbert, Sr., and Pauline Swift Herbert.
Dr. Herbert was a professor emeritus of social work at the University of Texas at Austin where he taught from 1970 to 1998. He held degrees from the University of Louisville (BA), University of Chicago (MA), Cleveland State University (JD), and Tulane University (PhD). Prior to coming to UT-Austin, he held research, financial management, planning, and administrative positions in Houston, Cleveland, and Fort Worth, and served as a professor at Tulane University. He was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 1958. He served in the United States Army 1943-1946.
Dr. Herbert was active in numerous voluntary associations, including services as board member, chairman, and various other offices for the University Federal Credit Union for more than twenty-six years, as board member and vice president of the national Education Credit Union Council, as board member and President of the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, as chairman of the legal regulation committee for certification of professional social workers in Texas, and later as committee member in amendment of the law to provide for licensure of Texas social workers, as chairman of the Advisory Council to the Texas Department of Human Services for the implementation and administration of the certification statute, and in various positions in the Episcopal churches in Houston, New Orleans, and Austin. He was associate dean of the School of Social Work from 1974 through 1990, and acting dean from 1978 to 1979. An endowed scholarship in the School of Social Work was created in his honor in 1990.
He was preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife, dearest friend, constant companion, supporter, and helpmate of more than 64 years, Ruth D. Herbert. He is survived by their two sons and their families, Glen Herbert and his wife Stephanie Herbert and grandchildren Eric Herbert and Amy Herbert; and son Greg Herbert and his wife Nancy Herbert and granddaughter Shelby Herbert, all of Austin.
The family is sincerely grateful to the numerous individuals at Brookdale at Spicewood Springs, Nurses Unlimited, and Hospice Austin for the special care and assistance provided. A private memorial service will be held for family members. Those desiring to do so, may make memorial contributions to the George K. Herbert Endowed Scholarship, School of Social Work - The University of Texas at Austin, Development Office, 1925 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78712.