In Memory

Kay Herrin (Lyman)

Kay Herrin (Lyman)

Kay Herrin Lyman, MD


Kay H. Lyman, MD of Berkeley died on June 4th after a long struggle with carcinoid. Dr. Lyman is survived by her husband of 36 years, John T. Lyman, PhD, brothers Keith Herrin, DDS of Houston, TX and Robert Herrin, MD, DDS of Charlotte, NC, and step-children Robert Lyman, Geoffrey Lyman and Carolyn Phillips.

She was born Helen Kay Herrin in Gastonia, NC to Thelma Tucker Herrin and Hermon Keith Herrin, MD. She attended Gastonia High School, received her BA in chemistry from Duke University in 1964 and MD from Emory University in 1968. She (aka Kay H. Woodruff) interned and completed 1st year of internship and residency at UNC in Chapel Hill, NC, 2nd year residency and Pulmonary Pathology Fellowship from University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City 1970-1972, and Pathology Residency in Clinical Pathology from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), 1972-1974. She is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. She was a member of the medical staff at UCSF, Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital and Marshall Hale Hospital. From 1990 -2001 she served on the staff at Brookside Hospital (Doctor's Medical Center) in San Pablo and Pinole, CA where she was Chief of Staff among other positions. She was a consultant at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 1974-1993.

Dr. Lyman was a member of the Executive Board of the College of American Pathologists, Chair of the Counsel of Practice Management, and received the William Kuehn Award for Outstanding Communicator. She was CAP Pathologist of the Year in 2001, Trustee of the American Board of Pathology 1991-2001, President of the Board in 2001 and a Life Trustee subsequently. She was honored by the City of Richmond for her extensive efforts in smoking cessation and as a NIH trainer. She served on the Bay Area Tumor Institute Executive Board 1987- 2002, IRB Chair 2004- 2015. Alta Bates Summit Medical Foundation Board Member 2002-2016, and Oakland Museum of California Docent Natural Sciences 2004-2008.

A participating member of the Berkeley Piano Club, The Berkeley Tennis Club and the Claremont Book Club, she had served as president of all three organizations. Also she was the co-founder of the Berkeley Tennis Club Foundation. Her many interests included long distance running, long distance bicycling and performance of classical piano.

A memorial service will be held at the Berkeley Tennis Club on July 9th at 4PM. Please donate to your favorite charity in lieu of flowers.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 9, 2016

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06/19/16 10:50 PM #3    

Dan Rockett

I recall fond memories of Kay at Durham School of Dance...seemed like a lot of our class attended....But most of all I remember the hospitality of her parents for many after the Senior Year Prom along with my date that year, Linda Bernard.

We were even served breakfast about 4 am if my memory serves me correctly..(?)

She sure marched to her own drum in life...So thankful for this fine website/page to allow our memories to grow or even "reboot" occassionally.

Just this week a story about John Lennon was posted about his response to a question of What did he want to be ehen he grew up..
He replied "Happy".
They said, you don't understand the question

"No, you don't understand me !"

This is how I would imagine Kay responding.

A person of focused mind and spirit.

06/20/16 08:04 AM #4    

Scotty Wise (Price)

So sad to see Kay's name here. She was one of the very nicest girls in high school and always had a smile for everyone. My sympathy to her family.

06/20/16 08:49 AM #5    

Mary Loughridge (Sessoms)

After hearing about Kay's death through Susan Ferguson LaPlace, I was just as shocked as you!  If you google Kay's name, you can read her obituary.  She died from a long struggle with carcinoid...apparently cancer!          

Kay was always a friend.  Our Mothers were good friends, and there are just too many memories to tell.  It was just so sad to hear this news.  Kay was very accomplished in everything she touched.  From piano to academics, she was always the best.  And, later, with her life in medicine, she thrived in excellence!  This is how she lived...Kay will be missed!  I miss her now!

06/20/16 11:49 AM #6    

Betti Smith (Krapfl)

Mary, I absoultely agree with your comments about Kay! She truly was one of the best of us....























06/20/16 12:02 PM #7    

George Rawlings

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of one of our brightest and most dedicated classmates.  She was truly a professional, brilliant individual.  Many will miss her including those in her field of medicine. 

06/20/16 12:38 PM #8    

Walter Long

There is always pause when I learn of a former classmate passing,  However, Kay's death seems like more of a shock.  My memory of Kay was that she exhibited class in every relationship she formed and in every activity in which she was involved.  She will not only be missed by her classmates, but also an array of people all over the world.



06/20/16 01:34 PM #9    

Jake Black

It was a shock to hear of her passing.  Kay worked at the hospital with my sister in Pathology while a student. She was so exceptional, and so nice to all.  What if all the people of the world would be like Kay; what a wonderful world it would be.


06/20/16 06:48 PM #10    

Frances Hembree (Putman)


My heart is so sad to have lost another bright star in our group. She was so special in our home rooms. Much love to her family.




06/22/16 01:11 PM #11    

Olivia Gwaltney (Riddle)

My heart is saddened to hear of Kay's passing.  She was truly one of the best of us.  She was brilliant, kind, humble, supportive in her relationships to her classmates/friends, and radiant in all of her many endeavors.  She will be missed by all those who knew her.......I was blessed to have been a friend.

06/22/16 04:09 PM #12    

Penny Caldwell (Munn)

I am sad to hear this news of Kay's death. She was an example to so many of what a giving life represents.Blessings to her family and friends. Joan Caldwell Munn

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