Family-Placed Death Notice
DR. HERBERT WARREN BIRCH 81, of Rome and formerly of Atlanta, passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at his residence. Dr. Birch was born in Vineland, New Jersey, on March 27, 1925, the son of the late George Birch and Ethel Ellis Birch. He was preceded in death by two brothers, John Birch and Ellis Birch. Dr. Birch was professor emeritus of obstetrics/gynecology-oncology at Emory University where he also practiced medicine for 40 years. He attended Bryan College and was a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Wheaton College. He then graduated from Northwestern University School of Medicine and was a founding member of the Gynecological Oncologist Society. He was also a member of the American Medical Association, the Georgia Medical Association, the South Atlantic Gynecological Society, the Southern Gynecological Society and the Atlanta Gynecological Society. He also practiced at the free clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital. Dr. Birch was a member of the Emory Presbyterian Church and had attended Second Avenue Baptist Church and the Church at Northside after moving to Rome. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed snow skiing with his family. He spent his early years in Rome where his father worked at the Berry Schools and then in Macon. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Shirley Urbates Birch, to whom he was married Dec. 27, 1955; one son, John Birch, and his wife, Kim, Cumming; three daughters, Sandy Quante, and her husband, Bill, Savannah, Jane Ann Plante, and her husband, Paul, Columbia, SC, and Pam Traylor, and her husband, Briggs, Rome; 12 grandchildren, Peter, John David and Christopher Birch, Anna, Torri and Sarah Quante, Alex, Marie and Andrew Plante, and Ashley, Samuel and Mary Grace Traylor; three brothers, George Birch, Chattanooga, TN, Robert Birch, and his wife, Jenia, Macon, and Douglas Birch, and his wife, Toni, Asheville, NC; one sister, Betty Toms, and her husband, Fred, Hendersonville, NC; and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 30, 2006 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of the Second Avenue Baptist Church, Rome. A private interment will be held at a later date. The family will receive friends following the memorial service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 1825 Barrett Lakes Blvd., NW, Suite 280, Kennesaw, GA 30144-4565. Daniel's Funeral Home, Rome.