L-P Unveils Herbolsheimer Alumni Room
The LaSalle-Peru Township High School Board of Education and Administration will officially open the Herbolsheimer Alumni Room on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, during the regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting. The Board Meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with the ribbon cutting happening in the period between the open session action items and closed session.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Herbolsheimer family, L-P was able to renovate one of the school district’s primary conference rooms, creating a space that celebrates school history in a refined environment. The renovated space includes custom cabinetry, displaying numerous artifacts from school history. It also features a new projector with a retractable screen. The Herbolsheimer Alumni Room will be used for small group administrative, faculty, and staff meetings as well as alumni activities.
The room was named in recognition of siblings George L. Herbolsheimer III (1911-1992) and Dr. Henrietta M. Herbolsheimer (1913-1999). George, a member of the L-P Class of 1929, was the co-founder of the Herbolsheimer, Lannon, Henson, Duncan and Reagan law firm, where he practiced law for 57 years. Henrietta, a member of the L-P Class of 1930, eventually became Chief of the Maternal and Child Hygiene Division of the Illinois State Department of Health, where she helped to establish licensing standards for Illinois hospitals and nursing homes.
Members of the Herbolsheimer family expected to be in attendance for the ribbon cutting ceremony: Larry Herbolsheimer, Bob Herbolsheimer, George and Lynn Herbolsheimer, and Karlyn Bowman.
Additional information regarding George L. and Dr. Henrietta M. Herbolsheimer:
George L. Herbolsheimer III (1911-1992), was the co-founder of the Herbolsheimer, Lannon, Henson, Duncan and Reagan law firm, where he practiced law for 57 years. Mr. Herbolsheimer graduated from LaSalle-Peru Township High School in 1929 and studied at LPO Junior College. He then earned a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from the University of Chicago where he also attended law school, became editor of the law review, and graduated in 1935. He returned to practice law in LaSalle-Peru in 1936. He joined the United States Army Air Corps in 1941 and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Returning to his home in Peru, he gave tirelessly to the community for the rest of his life through his service to people in need and in many local organizations including the Boy Scouts, the Kiwanis, the United Way, and the Masons. Mr. Herbolsheimer served, volunteering his time, as the attorney for the high school and junior college Boards of Education.
His wife, Texie T. Herbolsheimer, worked avidly in many civic activities in the community.
Henrietta M. Herbolsheimer (1913-1999) also attended LaSalle-Peru Township High School and its Junior College. She matriculated to the University of Chicago where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree, Phi Beta Kappa, and later her Doctor of Medicine. A decade later, Dr. Herbolsheimer also earned a Master's in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. As Chief of the Maternal and Child Hygiene Division of the Illinois State Department of Health, she helped to establish licensing standards for Illinois hospitals and nursing homes. She taught at the University of Chicago School of Medicine from 1951 until 1980 and was Associate Professor Emerita at the time of her death. She wrote widely for many medical journals. The Chicago Medical Society annually awards the Henrietta Herbolsheimer, MD Public Service Award in recognition of her devoted public service. In 1985, she received the prestigious Benjamin Rush Award from the American Medical Association for outstanding citizenship and public service.