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Herschel L. Stroud

Herschel L. StroudKansas Historical Foundation
Board of Directors
Elected to board: 2002

Herschel L. Stroud was born in Peabody. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Kansas, University of Missouri, and Phillips University. He received his professional education at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago; Chicago College of Optometry, and University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry. He holds a bachelor’s degree, doctorate of optometry, and doctorate of dental surgery.

He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve, the U.S. Air Force, and is a retired captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He operated a Topeka dental practice until his retirement and was dental consultant to Forbes Air Force Base Hospital and the Menninger Psychiatric Hospital. He has received numerous awards for outstanding service in his field.

He was involved in numerous boards including Topeka Festival Singers; Kansas Blue Cross Blue Shield; president of the Society for the Preservation of Oral Health; chair of the 100th anniversary state meeting of the Kansas State Dental Association; and president of Delta Dental Insurance Company of Kansas. He helped found and direct music for the annual Blessing of the Animals at the Topeka Zoo. He organized the Topeka Jayhawk Club Alumni Pep Band.

He represented Kansas on the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. He is a Civil War reenactor, portraying a brigade surgeon and serving as a lecturer on medicine during the American Civil War. He is a co-partner of the Kings of Swing Big Band Dance Orchestra, where he serves as vocalist and trumpeter.

Stroud was first elected to the Kansas Historical Foundation Board of Directors in 2002.

"Kansas is a unique and special place.  Since Territorial Days in 1854, good things have happened in these United States of America.  In my opinion, many of those good things have always started and been rooted in Kansas.  What a great place to live!"