HERRINGTON, James W., 91, of Greensburg, Pa., formerly of Scottdale, Pa. and Weirton, WV, died Friday, November 2, 2012, at Hempfield Manor, Greensburg.
He was born November 18, 1920, in Scottdale, Pa. a son of the late Clyde Herrington and Iva Pearl Cottom Herrington Smith.
Mr. Herrington had lived in Weirton, WV, and graduated from Weir High in 1939. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army's 327th Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne. He served in Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany. He was discharged at the rank of sergeant in 1945. He received a Good Conduct medal, Eastern Service medal, and six Bronze Stars. He received his BS from West Virginia University in 1948. He played baseball for WVU and was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system in 1946 and1947. He graduated from the D.T. Watson School for Physical Therapy (Univ. of Pittsburgh School of Medicine) in 1950. He was one of Jonas Salk's "soldiers" who helped investigate the efficacy of the polio vaccine. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, of Greensburg, Pa. Mr. Herrington was Director of Physical Therapy at the former Harmarville Rehabilitation Center from 1956-66, a field instructor for physical therapy students at the Univ. of Pittsburgh, and Director of Physical Therapy at Westmoreland Hospital from 1966-84. He was a member of the VFW, the BPOE, the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Chapter XIV, and was a "fellow" of the Center for North Appalachian Studies at St. Vincent College. He volunteered for over 20 years with the Pennsylvania Arthritis Foundation and was involved in the development and implementation of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic at Westmoreland Hospital.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Mary Jane Holmes Herrington; a brother William Herrington; a sister Kathleen Mazzoni; and a son-in-law David Suriano.
He is survived by two daughters: Kathy L. (Kenny) Herrington of Wheeling, WV, and Donna Suriano of Murrysville, Pa.; four grandchildren: Donna Kleinhenz of Pittsburgh, Pa., Lisa (Ron) Rearick of Shelocta, Pa., Kalin Fisher of Wheeling, WV, and Kody Fisher of Wheeling WV; and his best friend and companion Luciene Skelly of Greensburg.
Family and friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Barnhart Funeral Home, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, Pa. A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church, 300 S. Main St., Greensburg, Pa., with the Rev. Martin Ankrum officiating. Entombment with full military honors accorded by the VFW Post 33, Greensburg will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg, Pa. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Westmoreland County Veterans Affairs "Distressed Veterans", 2 N. Main St., Suite 502, Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences, visit www.barnhartfuneralhome.com
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