Last week was a big one for Charlie and Carrie Belle Herd and their family. Charlie was the main focus of the festivities. He was celebrating his birth in Sparta, Tenn., 90 years ago.
Charles Felix Herd and his family moved here from Tennessee in 1966 when he became the head of the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce (now Greater Louisville Inc.). Prior to that he had been the head of the Knoxville Chamber.
A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Charlie earned a master’s degree in English from the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop.
While leading the Louisville Chapter, he enlisted Wilson Wyatt, Nana Lampton and Jim Stites to begin the first Leadership Louisville class in 1979. He was also instrumental in bringing the summer Heritage Festival to the Belvedere.
A major emphasis during his tenure as executive director was to put Louisville on the map nationally and to parlay our central location as a hub of transit and transport. He met personally, more than 30 years ago, with the secretary of transportation in Washington to coordinate the numbering of the Gene Snyder Freeway (I-265) with the beltway through Southern Indiana in anticipation of the bridge to be built to connect the two. Now he hopes to live long enough to see the East End bridge completed.
Charlie and Carrie Belle have been married 62 years, and they still love each other!
Carrie Belle was a physical education teacher at the University of Tennessee and University of Alabama. She has taught thousands to swim both at college and at the Red Cross. But tennis was really her game, at the Louisville Boat Club. And would you believe she was an airplane pilot in an experimental group flying over Oak Ridge during World War II!
The Herds have two sons and a daughter, Mary, who is a residential architect married to Kevin Jackson, a biology teacher at Collegiate. The Jacksons have a daughter Marcie, who is an English teacher at Trimble County High as is her husband Jon Graham; they have a daughter, Katrina Jane Graham, who is 2 1/2, and a son, Jackson Wayne Graham, who is 1 month old.
Mary and Kevin also have a son, Charles Courtney Jackson, who is a former Teach for America teacher in Houston and beginning his MBA at U of L. Their second son, James Gilbert Jackson, is a graduate of Carleton College and is beginning medical school at UK.
Charlie and Carrie’s oldest son, Charles Felix Herd Jr., is a maritime attorney in Houston and is married to Jenny, a homemaker and CPA. They have a daughter Ashlyn Elizabeth Walls Herd, 17, and a son, Charles Thomas Herd, who is 11.
The other son is Col. Walter Morris Herd, a former Special Forces Ranger who was in charge of all special operations in Afghanistan and is currently employed at Fort Knox doing another important job. His wife is Dr. Ann Mogen Herd, industrial psychology professor at U of L.
Walter and Ann have two daughters, Catherine Ann Belle, 18, who has just finished a stint at the Governor’s Scholars at Centre, and Hannah Marie Mogen Herd, who is 15.
U.S. News has named the top doctors in America and one of ours made the cut!
Dr. Shiao Y. Woo, the radiation oncologist who moved here from Houston and took Louisville by storm is the top man in his field. We are so lucky to have him here.
His special expertise is in adult and pediatric brain tumors, proton beam therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery and pediatric cancers.
Woo received his medical degree in Malaysia and did his residency in pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital. He had fellowships in pediatric hematology-oncology and radiation oncology at Georgetown.
He is professor of radiation oncology at the U of L Medical School now.
Since coming to town, he and John Shaw Woo have redone a charming house in Old Louisville and made friends with all who have come in contact with them.
Fabulous Finds, the resale shop benefiting the Louisville Deaf Oral School, is having a remodeling sale. All clothing is 70 percent off! The shop, at 2101 Frankfort Ave., is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For the past couple of weeks, Max Byck, 16, and Daisy Borders, 15, (grandchildren of the late Dann C. Byck Jr. and Marlene Grissom ), have been assisting Jo Ross, guest curator at the Louisville Science Center, with the Byck’s Costume Collection that is housed there.
The Byck’s Costume Collection was begun in 1977 by Ross, who was advertising director and fashion director of the women’s and children’s specialty store at the time. The store offered to form a collection of regionally important clothing and accessories for the new museum, as well as present the Ralph Lauren fall 1977 fashion collection at the gala opening of the Museum of History and Science (now the Louisville Science Center). The gala netted the museum $150,000, and the collection and show received raves. There are more than 22,000 items of clothing and accessories from 1805 to 1990.
Max and Daisy are planning to be fashion designers one day, and the opportunity to see all the inner construction of the costumes, and the incredible workmanship was invaluable. “It’s a shame that all those amazing clothes are hidden in a closet when someone had to put the effort to make every little detail in those clothes,” Max said.
At present, the “Hats, Reflections in Time” exhibit is on the second floor until October, and then a new grouping of hats through the ages will be installed by Ross and Bob Stuecker. Gabriel Amar, the owner and designer for the Frank Olive hat company, refurbished the 120 vintage hats to prepare them for exhibit.
“My hope is that one day we can display these fabulous items so that everyone can enjoy them. There are dresses, coats, hats, shoes and wedding dresses dating from 1805 to the 1990s,” Ross said. “And they are being preserved and stored according to museum standards, but no one ever gets to see them.”
photos by CARLA SUE BROECKER | contributing photographer
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