Herman Lott Koester, MD, a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and proud “BOI” passed away at Parkway Place in Houston, Texas on Monday, December 19, 2011. He was born to Louis J. Koester, Sr. and Cecilia Lott Koester in Galveston on June 22, 1929. He attended public schools in Galveston and was a member of the Ball High School graduating class of 1946.
After graduation, Herman attended the University of Texas, graduating in 1950. On June 10, 1950 he married the love of his life, Catherine Pye, and they began their journey of 61 years together. Herman attended medical school at UTMB in Galveston, graduating in 1955. He then went on to serve his country in the United States Army, serving his internship at Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco. He was later stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. After ending his Army service, Herman entered general practice in Smithville, Texas for two years.
He then spent four years in Pathology Residency at St. Paul’s Hospital in Dallas, Texas. After his residency, Herman spent two years as an Assistant Professor in Clinical Pathology at UTMB in Galveston. He left UTMB to serve as Chief of Pathology for Galveston County Hospital (now known as Mainland Medical Center) for 30 years. Herman started Mainland Pathology Associates and Physicians Laboratory in 1975. He and his partners also ran the Pathology Departments at St. John’s Hospital and Danforth Hospital until it closed.
Herman was an active and contributing member in professional, civic, and religious organizations. He served as Chief of Staff at Mainland Medical Center and was on the Board of Managers there until he retired. He was a retired member of the Galveston County Medical Society, the Texas Medical Association, the College of American Pathologists, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the American Society of Cytologists, and the American Medical Association. He served as a member of the Board of the Blood Bank, COM Board of Trustees, the UTMB Development Board, and was a retired member of the Rotary Club of La Marque. Herman’s faith was an important part of his life. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Galveston and former member of Trinity Lutheran Church in La Marque and Faith Lutheran Church in Dickinson, serving each of these congregations in various leadership capacities.
Herman is predeceased by his parents, Louis and Cecilia Koester, and his brother, Louis Koester, Jr., and his wife, Marion. He is survived by his loving wife, Catherine; children, Catherine E. Koester; Debbie Davis and husband, Chris Davis; Greg Koester and wife, Jennifer; Bob Koester and Bill Matz; Janet Kramer and Patricia Myers; grandchildren, Lauren DeJean Myers and husband, Daniel Myers; Andre DeJean, II; Ashley Koester; and Alexandra Kramer; and great-grandchildren, Jett Reis Myers and Ellise Rene’ Myers. He is also survived by his brothers-in-laws, Ebb F. Pye, Jr., and wife, Nan; Malcolm Pye and wife, Lucille; and numerous nieces, nephews, and their mates and children.
Herman’s family will receive visitors beginning at 10 am on Friday, December 23, at First Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie, Galveston, Texas. Funeral service will follow beginning at 11:30 am with the Reverend Doug Guthier officiating. Burial will be at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock, Texas immediately following the service under the direction of Malloy & Son Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are Andre DeJean, II, Darrell Pye, Jeff Pye, Chris Davis, Daniel Myers, Gary Kramer, Justin Blandford, Bill Matz, and Andre DeJean.