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Herbert Steinbach  Jr

January 1, 1938 — June 20, 2024

Dr. Herbert Louis Steinbach, Jr., 85, of Dallas died on Tuesday, June 20 after a brief illness. Born and raised in Brenham, Tx by Dr. HL and Elsa Steinbach. He is preceded in death by his parents, his older sister Joanne, his younger brother John and his son Herbert Louis Steinbach III (Trey). He is survived by his wife of 60 years Sandra Casstevens Steinbach, his children Cheryl Patton (Michael), Robert Steinbach (Charlene) and Stephen Steinbach (Sonja) and his grandchildren Dayton Steinbach and Emily and Rebecca Steinbach.


Herb went to Texas Lutheran College, attended medical school at UT -Galveston, and met Sandy as fellow interns at St. Joseph's hospital. They were married the last day of their internship. Herb went on to become head of Medical Imaging at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas and was responsible for bringing the first ultrasound, MRI, CT and Nuclear Medicine technologies to Texas.


Not content with bringing the emerging technology to Texas, Herb trained other doctors how to use this transformational equipment that is now taken for granted. Besides instructing doctors at Baylor, he served as a site residency inspector for diagnostic radiology accreditation for the Council of Graduate Medical Education and an examiner for the American Board of Radiology. He was a leader in the field of medical imaging, being one of the first physicians to use and isotope of iodine for thyroid imaging in the 1970s and to use diagnostic ultrasound in1973.


For many years, he was the Scout Master for Troop 64 where Robert and Stephen attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Herb organized and directed numerous camping excursions and other scouting activities, including yearly Scouting trips to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. His impact on the young men who were fortunate enough to experience these trips left an enduring mark on all their lives.


He was an avid gardener and loved both flowers and tomatoes. A tiered fountain centered the exquisite pond in the back gardens of his house on Tokalon Drive. He was so at home working the land there that he was more than once mistaken for the "lawn man," even by friends. His work contributed to the house being included among the top10 houses in Dallas as chosen by Texas Monthly magazine.


He was the cook of the family, famous for his chili and his grilled whole beef tenderloin, a Christmas favorite. To be at the Steinbach house near dinnertime meant being fed well and cleaned up after by Herb.


At Christmas, Herb became Santa. He strung the lights in the yard, trimmed the tree and always delivered and set up the big "Santa Presents" in the middle of the house at night after everyone else was asleep.


His impact on the people around him, whether they knew it or not, was both enormous and irreplaceable. He will be missed.


Memorial services will be held at a later date and in lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the SPCA of Texas or St. Peter's Lutheran Church of Gay Hill in Brenham, Tx.

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