Gerald D. Herrick, of Boise, died Saturday, December 14, 1997, at the age of 63 after a valiant battle with cancer.
Jerry and his wife Kathy made significant contributions to Idaho and the community. They strongly supported The Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey, and spearheaded fundraising for the construction of the Fund's tropical raptor building in Boise. Jerry was former chairman of the board of The Peregrine Fund and was still serving as chairman emeritus at the time of his death.
Jerry was a successful businessman who worked his way up to CEO of Ore-Ida foods, transforming the company from its frozen French fry roots to a firm with more than 50 kinds of frozen potato products. He stepped down from his post at Ore-Ida in 1991 to devote more time to The Peregrine Fund, where he helped save some of the world’s most endangered species.
Jerry was involved in The Peregrine Fund’s decision to participate in the recovery of the endangered California Condor. And the 1998 release ceremony in Panama for the first two Harpy Eagles hatched in Boise was dedicated to Jerry in honor of his efforts to build a facility for the tropical raptor program.
In 2002 the Gerald D. and Kathryn S. Herrick Collections Building opened with space for The Peregrine Fund’s library, scientific specimen collections, and the Archives of Falconry.