In Memory of Stephen Allen Herring

Stephen Allen Herring, 42

June 29, 2005 

ELKTON — Stephen Allen Herring of Elkton died Sunday, June 26, 2005, at his home after a long battle against Lyme disease and related problems. He was 42.

Born Oct. 7, 1962 in Indianapolis, he was the son of Donald C. and Shirley Robey Herring, with whom he made his home.

Mr. Herring was a graduate of Elkton High School and Cecil Community College, where he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, scholastic honorary fraternity.

As a 10th Degree grand master with a doctorate in martial arts, he taught in several studios in Elkton and for several years was part owner of a tae kwon doe school in Edgewood. He also traveled to Colorado Springs, Colo., to coach a prospective member of the U.S. Olympics tae kwon doe team. For the past several years, he had been disabled and unable to teach.

Earlier, he was employed for 13 years by Chesapeake Publishing Corp. in Elkton in its printing plant, last as a pressman. He also worked several years as a carpenter in residential construction. He was graduated from the Maryland Police Academy and served briefly as a corrections officer at the Cecil County Detention Center.

Dr. Herring held the degree of 10th Dan, Doctor of Philosophy of Martial Arts, from the American University Sokeship Council. In June 2000, he was inducted into the World Wide Martial Arts Hall of Fame as “Founder of the Year” for the Soo Shim Hosinsul Federation, a nationally sanctioned system of tae kwon doe that he originated. He was inducted into the North American Black Belt Hall of Fame in September 2000.

For several years he was active in the local juvenile justice agency, directing its “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs” program one summer.  In 1998, he received the Secretary’s Citation from the Maryland State Department of Juvenile Justice, being named “Volunteer of the Year” for the state.  He enjoyed fishing and playing guitar.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two children, Pfc. Maegan L. Herring, a U.S. Army medic stationed at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and Martin R. Herring of North East; three brothers, Martin C. Herring and wife, Fran, of East New Market; David C. Herring and wife, Karen, of Hurlock, and John F. Herring and wife, Judi, of Wilmington, Del.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 1 at Hicks Home for Funerals, 103 W. Stockton St., Elkton. The Rev. Karen F. Burnell will officiate. Burial will be at Gilpin Manor Memorial Park. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lyme Disease Research in care of the Hicks Home for Funerals, 103 W. Stockton St., Elkton, MD, 21921