Dr. Dora Rose Herring

Dr. Dora Rose Herring, 89, of Starkville, formally of Winona, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Dora was born on October 5, 1928, to Henry Calvin and Hattie Harville Rose.

Dora is preceded in death by her husband, Uldric Ward Herring; her parents, Henry Calvin Rose and Hattie Rose Barnhill; and a daughter, Jan Herring. Survivors include three sons, Dr. Calvin Herring (Sheila) of Gadsden, AL, Dr. Barry Herring (Karen) of Starkville, and Dr. Clyde Herring (Tammye) of Starkville; two brothers, Dr. Lloyd Rose of Starkville, and H. C. Rose of Ridgeland; seven grandchildren; and twenty great-grandchildren.

Of the many words you could use to describe Dora Herring, "trailblazer" might be the best. She was the first female accounting student at Mississippi State University, the first doctoral student admitted to the DBA program, the first female hired to teach in the College of Business, the first person, male or female, in the state of Mississippi to hold a CPA and Doctorate in Accounting, and the first female to serve as the president of the Mississippi Society of CPAs.

With a husband and three sons at home at a time when women were not even teaching in the college of business, Dora was pioneering her way toward a DBA. She became the first at MSU to specialize in what is now called accounting information systems, thereby solidifying her place on the faculty. During her time at MSU, Dora was involved in the planning of McCool Hall, the transition from a department to a school of accountancy, the centennial anniversary of the university, and many other activities.  Today when anyone mentions the "legends of MSU accounting", you can bet that Dora Herring is in a league of her own.

Dora was a member of First Baptist Church of Starkville, exhibiting her enthusiasm by serving as Sunday School teacher and church treasurer for many years, and was instrumental in developing the church's new children's building. She was a long time member of the Starkville Rotary Club and the Starkville Planning and Zoning Commission.

Affectionately known as Mama Dora, she enjoyed sewing, traveling, helping and mentoring others, and being surrounded by family, while cheering them on. Every member of her family is blessed, thankful, and proud of her.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at First Baptist Church of Starkville, with Rev. Chip Stevens and Rev. Clifton Curtis officiating. Visitation was Friday, May 4, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Starkville; and also prior to the service Saturday there was a visitation from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in Winona immediately following the service.  Pallbearers were Sam Herring, Chris Ross, Jordan Herring, Christopher Herring, Jon Woolfolk, and Jake Ross.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Audio-Tech Ministry of First Baptist Church in Starkville.

Oliver Funeral Home of Winona (www.ofhwinona.com) handled the arrangements.

 

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