A Mass of Christian burial for Dr. Robert L. Allred, 75, will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church in Harker Heights. Interment will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas.
Mr. Allred died June 14, 2014, at a local hospital with his wife and children by his side. He had undergone treatment for cancer in the previous six months.
He was born July 17, 1938, in Kansas City, Kan., to Howard and Helena Allred. He grew up in Tulsa, Okla., graduated from Cascia Hall High School and attended Vanderbilt University before completing his doctorate of medicine at the University of Oklahoma. In 1962, while attending medical school, he met and married Carol Sue Owens.
After graduation, he served in public health with a residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit followed by an Otto E. Aufranc Fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Surgery at New England Baptist Hospital. He was a fellow during the time total hip and knee reconstructive surgery was introduced in the U.S.
In addition, he was one of the first orthopedic surgeons trained in arthroscopic surgery. He remained at the forefront of orthopedic surgery, implementing new techniques for over 40 years of practicing medicine in the Dallas metropolitan area, settling in Harker Heights in 1994.
Mr. Allred was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was devoted to his Lord, his Catholic Church and many Catholic organizations. He was a eucharistic minister, an active member in the Serra Club for over 40 years, a lay Missionary of the Sacred Heart and a member of the Roman Catholic Order of the Holy Sepulchre. He truly believed in sharing his love of God with everyone.
One of the things he was most proud of was that in recent years, he always called his grandchildren in the morning before school, had a prayer with them and then encouraged them to be better today than yesterday.
Survivors include his wife, Carol; three children, Paul and his wife, Caryn, Teresa and her husband, Kyle and Scott and his wife, Cheri; seven grandchildren, Drake, Noah, Jewel, Andrew, Katherine, Kaitlyn and Robert; one sister, Sharon; and brothers, Bill and Dick.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in honor of Robert to Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, 123 W. Laurel, San Antonio, TX 78212.
Visitation is at 6 p.m.Wednesday with a rosary at 7 p.m. at St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church in Harker Heights.
Broecker Funeral Home in Salado is in charge of arrangements.