Third Baptist holds scholarship luncheon in memory of Gladys Herron

Committee member of the first annual Gladys Herron Scholarship Luncheon, want to make sure Toledo knows, and doesn’t forget the legacy of Gladys Herron. Front right are, Marcy Kaptur, Congresswomen for the Ninth congressional District, K. David Johnson, Pastor of Third Baptist, and Theresa Gabriel, Toledo City Council Member at Large, and Luncheon Chairperson.


It is with great pleasure that the Third Baptist Church Women’s Ministry, and the Gladys Herron Scholarship Ministry celebrate the first annual Gladys Herron Scholarship Luncheon. The event was held Saturday, September 24 at the Premier Banquet Hall, 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd.

Born in 1924, and passed in December of 2001, we were fortunate to pay tribute, and honor the memory of a great woman who demonstrated extraordinary services, and was a community activist, as well as a dedicated humanitarian.

Married to Robert D. Herron, a captain in the firefighter department, Mrs. Herron dedicated her life to establishing a place for black women in the field of cosmetology by opening the first school of cosmetology in Toledo, and as a result over 20 independent beauty salons were born.

As a religious woman, Mrs. Herron served her church, Third Baptist, by singing in the choir and being a diligent member.

Mrs. Herron’s tireless effort and expert leadership led to the establishment of the J. Frank Troy Senior Center. She was the centers first director, and with the help of two other Toledo women, established senior centers in other parts of the city, as well as help develop core senior rights in our region.

The Honorable Marcy Kaptur of the Ninth Congressional District, honored Mrs. Herron on January 23, 2002; Gladys Herron’s name is listed in the 107 Congressional Record.

Proceed from the Gladys Herron Scholarship Luncheon will support the Third Baptist Church’s youth choir in furthering their education and reaching their full potential.