Fort Worth Country Day’s Captain David R. “Chip” Herr, Jr. ’80 Memorial Lecture will feature Carrie Currier, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at TCU. Her lecture is titled “Current State of U.S.-North Korea Relations.” The Chip Herr Memorial Lecture, now in its ninth year, celebrates the life and extraordinary military service, leadership and heroism of one of FWCD’s very own, Chip Herr. 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. Currier will speak on Monday, September 17, in the FWCD Scott Theater at 6:30 p.m. A reception in the Lou and Nick Martin Campus Center follows the event.
Carrie Liu Currier, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Chair of Texas Christian University’s Department of Political Science. She holds a BA in Political Science and Linguistics from the University of Michigan and an MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Arizona. Dr. Currier teaches courses in Asian politics, comparative politics, feminist international relations theory, international relations and global political economy. Her research focuses on China and the country’s economic reform, to understand how developing countries adapt to globalization demands; foreign policy with the Middle East, examining arms transfers and energy pursuit; energy policy and resources; the one child policy and social implications; and the politics of entrepreneurship in Taiwan and China. She has conducted survey research in both China and Taiwan, examining labor market reforms and its impact on women’s public and private sphere activities, as well as analyzing the role the state has played in fostering entrepreneurship. For the past 11 years, Dr. Currier also has served as Director of TCU’s Asian Studies program, which provides students a broad background in Asian culture, history, language and politics, allowing them to explore Asia from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
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.
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 Ranger Stadium.
At FWCD, Chip enjoyed the reputation as an exceedingly bright and clever student, a great friend and a conscientious classmate.