Chip Herr Memorial Lecture Celebrates 10th Year

This year’s Fort Worth Country Day’s Captain David R. “Chip” Herr, Jr. ’80 Memorial Lecture will feature Retired U.S. Army Colonel and Donor/Advisor for the Calyx & Beau Schenecker Memorial Fund Colonel Parker B. Schenecker ’80. His presentation is titled “Profiles in Resiliency.”

The Chip Herr Memorial Lecture, celebrating its 10th year, honors the life and extraordinary military service, leadership and heroism of one of FWCD’s very own, Chip Herr. The lecture series honors Chip's legacy and provides FWCD students and the community with models of service – men and women who make sacrifices each day as public servants and who continue to shoulder the "burdens of command" in the dangerous and complicated 21st century. Herr’s helicopter malfunctioned and crashed in eastern Saudi Arabia during a noncombat mission on February 3, 1991. He is the only FWCD graduate who has died in service to his country.

Colonel Schenecker will speak on Monday, September 16, in the FWCD Scott Theater at 6:30 p.m. A reception in the Lou and Nick Martin Campus Center follows the event. RSVP to Jen Pendell by September 9.

About Colonel Schenecker
Colonel Parker B. Schenecker ’80 graduated with honors from Washington and Lee University, where he excelled in the ROTC program and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Army Intelligence. Col. Schenecker was a Senior Leader and Strategist in the U.S. Intelligence Community, responsible for support to U.S. and allied defense and counter-terrorism efforts throughout the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. He finished his 31-year career at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida, with combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and more than 20 deployments to the Middle East and Africa. He has had the great fortune to work with and lead the best people America has to offer; individuals who swear an oath to support and defend the constitution of the United States and volunteer to put their lives on hold and put themselves at risk in defense of our way of life. His unique story of service, honor and resilience is inspiring. After more than 30 years of government service, this great leader, role model and father has chosen to continue his service to society by focusing his efforts on youth character development and scholarship. 

About Chip Herr ’80
Captain David R “Chip” Herr, Jr. was born on April 4, 1962, in Oklahoma City. After attending Tanglewood Elementary School, Chip entered FWCD as a fourth-grader. Connie Herr, Chip’s mother, taught math in the Middle School from 1984-1992. His sister, Sarah (Sally) Hollenbeck also attended FWCD.

While at FWCD, Chip was an excellent student and earned 11 varsity letters in cross country, soccer and baseball. In a Star-Telegram article, his mother said, “Chip was never the best player on the team, in some cases, far from it. I think the example is that whatever talents you have, you should use them to the best of your ability, regardless of how they stack up with anyone else’s gifts.” A highlight of his baseball career at FWCD was pitching under Coach Bob Minnerly at Rangers Stadium.

At FWCD, Chip enjoyed the reputation as an exceedingly bright and clever student, a great friend and a conscientious classmate.
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