Louise K. Scherr

    January 23, 1920  -  February 1, 2012

Life Legacy

Louise K. Scherr, age 92, peacefully died in her sleep on February 1, 2012. She was born in Houston, Texas on January 23, 1920.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph L. and Mamie B. Kost. She is survived by her daughters, Susan Scherr and partner Mattie Hendrix and Penny Rummel and her husband, Jerry; and also by her brothers, Bernard Kost and wife Florence, and Dr. Harold S. Kost and wife Greta; and their children and grandchildren.

Among the various volunteer work that she participated in, the one that gave her the greatest satisfaction and pride was the original March of Dimes that helped sponsor the eradication of poliomyelitis. She headed the Mother’s March against polio one year, but more importantly, was part of the final testing of the Salk vaccine when Bexar County was selected as one of five sites in the United States to take part in this program.

Doctors and a few other volunteers who were passionate about the need for this work gave their time. All second and fourth grade students in Bexar County were inoculated at one of the four clinics that were set up for this purpose, and she was fortunate enough to be in charge of the Northeast Clinic, which was comprised of 62 schools.

For several years after, she kept records at the Robert B. Green Charity Polio Clinic for those who had not been fortunate enough to have had the vaccine. She was also an enthusiastic patron of the arts, who for years gave her support to the San Antonio Little Theater and the McNay Art Museum. Other interests that gave her great pleasure were world travel and London theatre, which she pursued enthusiastically throughout her life until recently.

She was known and loved by her family and friends for her generosity and compassion as well as her grace and quiet dignity.

It was her wish not to have a traditional service, but instead to be remembered by memorial contributions to her favorite charities, the March of Dimes, 7400 Blanco Road #120, San Antonio, Texas 78216 and the Susan G. Koman Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265.

Born: January 23, 1920

Place of Birth: Houston, TX

Death: February 1, 2012

Place of Death: San Antonio, TX

Memorial donations may be made to:
March of Dimes, 7400 Blanco Road # 120, San Antonio, Texas 78216
Susan G. Koman Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265

This memorial provided by:
Porter Loring Mortuary