1936 - 2020
{ "" }
Share JOHN's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
HERRIN, John Thomas MD Of Newton, suddenly, Oct. 25, 2020. Born in 1936, Dr. Herrin was raised in Rutherglen, Australia and was a graduate of Melbourne University, where he received his medical degree. He interned at St Vincent's and Royal Children's Hospitals in Melbourne, where he began his specialty in Nephrology. He subsequently held positions at the Shriners Burns Institute, as Chief of Pediatric Nephrology at Mass General Hospital, and as Director of Clinical Services, Pediatric Nephrology at Children's Hospital in Boston, and as an Associate Professor at Harvard University Medical School. He is survived by his wife Patricia, his children Catherine and her husband John, Stephen, Elizabeth and her partner Mike Lamb, Peter and his wife Nora, and his grandchildren Andrew, Matthew, Zoe, Sam, Laurel and Tate, and his sister Gwen. Visiting Hours will be at the Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home, 465 Centre St., NEWTON on Thurs., Oct. 29 from 4-7 PM. All must wear a face covering and follow COVID-19 guidelines regarding social distancing. Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John T. Herrin Pediatric Nephrology Award Fund c/o Boston Children's Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215. To share a memory or send a note of condolence, please visit Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home Newton Corner 617-244-2034

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Boston Globe from Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, 2020.
04:00 - 07:00 PM
Funeral services provided by
Order by phone: (866) 764-7853
Memories & Condolences
Not sure what to say?
8 entries
March 9, 2021
Dr. John Herrin was the most wonderful physician to both of my daughters. They each saw him for about 20 years for kidney problems and he saved their lives. Dr. Herrin is brilliant and compassionate but super funny as well, he always kept us laughing with his jokes. We are so very sad at his passing - he will always be tremendously missed.
Jennifer Clifford
November 17, 2020
May God bless your soul as you blessed all of us at MGH Children's Service Pediatric Endocrine Unit with your teachings and friendship. Please say hello to JDC as you were his favorite fellow and transfer to you both the nephrology unit and the Shriner's Burns
Marco Danon
November 16, 2020
Group of 10 Memorial Trees
Plant Memorial Trees
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
Charles Urso
November 5, 2020
I am sorry to hear about John's passing. Although I never met him, all my conversations with him, on the phone and via email, were so pleasant and I really enjoyed talking with him. My heartfelt condolences go out to your family.
Charlene Berman
November 1, 2020
The Cheffers family would like to offer their sincere condolences to the Herrin family on the great loss of Doctor John Herrin. John was a great friend of the whole Cheffers family and we enjoyed his company many times in Boston. We will miss him a lot.
Paul Cheffers
October 31, 2020
Note to self.
Patricia Herrin
October 28, 2020
To Dr Herrin & Family

It is with a heavy heart that I read about Dr Herrin’s passing. You were such a great Doctor with our son Cam - You would call him Chap and he would say no it’s Cameron and spell his name out only to make us all laugh - he surely did love you... My heartfelt condolences to his family - your husband, dad, grandad was one special Doctor & Person. May you all be surrounded by his Memories. Prayers are being sent your way.. Chap

Cams Family
October 27, 2020
I remember the Herrins as our neighbors in Newton many years ago. I now send along my sincere sympathy and pray for the Lord's comfort for each of you.
Helen St. Clair Schwartz
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences