December 1, 1920 – August 8, 2015
Daniel Herrick of Delray Beach, Florida and Fishers Island, New York passed away on August 8, 2015 following a short period of cardiac complications during which he was surrounded by close family and friends. He was 94 years old.
Mr. Herrick will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, friend and a gifted communicator. He will also be remembered for his passion for collecting art, which included both nautical antiques and art and artifacts from a career that afforded an extraordinary level of travel and exposure to cultures across the world’s continents. Those who knew him will recall his endless pursuit of sun and new experiences, as well as the sincerity and warmth of personality that he extended to everyone with whom he interacted.
Mr. Herrick was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey. He graduated from the Montclair High School Class of 1938 where he was a member of the varsity swim team.
At UVA he was a member of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps and, upon graduation, joined the US Navy with the rank of Ensign. He retired 20 years later with the rank of Commander.
During WWII he served as the Supply Officer on the USS (“Lucky”) Lansdowne (DD-486) in the Pacific Fleet, and then for two years as the Assistant Supply Officer for the Pacific Fleet. From 1949-1953 his duties included being a White House aide during the Truman and Eisenhower administrations. Among other responsibilities, he was an escort for Bess Truman, the wife of President Truman, and accompanied high profile guests on USO (United Service Organizations) tours. Sponsored by the Navy, Mr. Herrick graduated from the Harvard Business School, Class of 1955. Subsequently he was posted to the Naval Station Newport, RI, the Brooklyn Navy Yard and finally as Comptroller of the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown, VA.
Following his career in the Navy he joined publically listed, New York City based, WR Grace & Company as Assistant Vice President of Finance under the direct leadership of Peter Grace, CEO, controlling owner and grandson of the founder. Among other activities, he participated in the acquisition and ownership of Dutch chocolate manufacturer Van Houten in 1962 and of a controlling interest in Miller Brewing Company in 1966.
In 1968 Mr. Herrick was hired by Thomas Hoving, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, to be the museum’s first Chief Financial Officer. In this capacity, Mr. Herrick was responsible for long-range planning and budget control as the Metropolitan Museum evolved from a quiet refuge to hosting the first “blockbuster” exhibition, The Treasures of Tutankhamun. Under his management, the museum explored novel mechanisms for fundraising, such as the opening of the first Museum Shop as an additional source of revenue while financial support from the City of New York diminished during the city’s financial crisis in the mid-1970s. Another landmark in his work at the Met was his work on Capitol Hill with late Senator Claiborne Pell and Congressman John Brademas to create the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Act, enacted in 1975. This legislation fundamentally enhanced the ability of museums to borrow valuable art from international institutions, thus saving US museums and cultural institutions prohibitive insurance costs. This has made possible countless subsequent ‘blockbuster’ exhibitions that rely on loans of art from outside the United States.
Having reached mandatory retirement age from the Metropolitan Museum, Mr. Herrick was hired by J. Carter Brown, Director of the National Gallery to be the chief financial officer from 1985-1995.
Since his retirement from full time work in 1995, he spent periods living in Washington DC, Cap d’Ail, France, London England, Fishers Island, NY and most recently Delray Beach, FL, where he was most proud of winning the “Rookie of the Year” award for Croquet at the St. Andrew’s Club. Throughout this period, he was never far from friends, family, sun and warm weather, with frequent travel and trips aboard Cunard cruise ships.
From 1981-1991 Mr. Herrick was a Member of the Board of the Foundation Center, New York City, serving as Chairman 1983-1989. From 1970-2008 he was a board member of a New York Life Insurance Company mutual fund and served on the Board of the University of Virginia Arts Council.
He was a former member of the New York Yacht Club and the Union Club, both of New York City, NY. He was a member of the Fishers Island Yacht Club, Fishers Island NY, the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC and the St. Andrew’s Club, in Delray Beach, FL, where he resided.
Mr. Herrick is survived by his children: Kip Herrick O’Brien of Westport, CT, Lawrence Herrick of Bouchelle Island, FL, Lucinda Jackson Herrick and her husband Charles Moffett of New York City, NY and Fishers Island, NY and Lynn Herrick of Umatilla, FL.
He is also survived by his grandchildren Alexander Strothe, Connor O’Brien, Daniel Strothe, Kathrin Dunn, Kelty O’Brien and William Strothe.
A graveside service will be held with rendering of full military honors on Saturday, August 29 at 11:00 am in the new cemetery on Fishers Island, NY. A reception will follow at Ocean View.
In lieu of flowers, kindly support the Fishers Island Sea Stretcher Fund by either sending a check to the Fishers Island Sea Stretcher, PO Box 123, Fishers Island, NY, 06390, or clicking http://www.gofundme.com/fiseastretcher.