Author Biographical Info

Herbert Leonard Fred, MD was born June 11, 1929 in Waco, Texas. He was known for his contribution to medical education. He was an award-winning clinician, diagnostician, and professor of internal medicine. Dr. Fred, an emeritus American Osler Society member, centered his medical practice on the patient, championing the use of the mind and five senses to develop medical diagnoses.

Dr. Fred received numerous awards for teaching excellence from students and peers. Highlights include: Outstanding Full-Time Clinical Faculty Member at Baylor University College of Medicine in 1964 and 1967; a citation from President Ronald Reagan in October 4, 1988 for 27 years as a medical educator; The Benjy F. Brooks, M.D. Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award from the Alumni Association of the University of Texas Medical School in Houston in 1999; honoree of The Herb Fred Medical Society, Inc., a corporation established in 2002 by former students; The American College of Physicians – American Society of Internal Medicine Distinguished Teacher Award along with election to Mastership in The American College of Physicians in 2004; the TIAA-CREF Distinguished Medical Educator Award in 2005; and The American College of Physicians Laureate Award in 2012. See more at


MS 159

Publication Date(s)

July 19, 2022




Internal Medicine, Medical education, Physicians, Running, Pulmonary disease, Heart disease, Salt Lake City (UT), Baltimore (MD), Houston (TX), Waco (TX), Ben Taub General Hospital, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Texas Medical Center, Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, Harris County Medical Society (TX), deeds, correspondence, reprints, photographs, sound recordings, digital media, texts (documents), videotapes, photographs » slides (photographs), articles, judicial records


Manuscript (MS) 159, The Herbert Fred, MD Papers, is a collection of papers related to Dr. Fred's medical career and personal life in five self-defined series: Medical, Running, Writing, Family, and Religious. Herbert Leonard Fred, MD was born in 1929 in Waco, Texas. This collection is arranged into the following series. Series I. Medical Life, Series II. Running Life, Series III. Family Life, Series IV. Writing Life, Series V. Religious Life, Series VI. Legal, Series VII. Oversize in Boxes and Map Drawer. See more at MS 159.


Dr. Fred donated his papers to the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center in early 2013 for the purposes of preserving his contribution to medical education and the scientific record along with the other life activities that provided a foundation for his career: writing, running, religion, and family. Accruals are expected for this collection. The McGovern Research Center will acquire Dr. Fred's reprint library at his death. Additionally, Dr. Fred may add other records of his current activities.



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