On Saturday at 2 p.m., a memorial service for Dr. Erwin G. Pink will be held at Centennial High School, located at 6901 Coit Road.
The memorial is open to the public with reserved seating for family, the Heritage Association, and other groups the late doctor worked with.
Dr. Pink died in his sleep in the early morning of April 20, 2006.
Former Frisco Mayor Bob Warren acted as the vice president of the Heritage Association of Frisco under Dr. Pink, who was the association’s first and only president. Warren and the board are planning to build a memorial for Dr. Pink in Heritage Park, upon its completion. They are looking at options of a plaque, bust, or complete statue.
Warren encourages anyone who wishes to donate toward the memorial to send donations to the Heritage Association of Frisco, P.O. Box 263, Frisco, TX 75034.
As previously reported, Dr. Pink and his wife Elisabeth came to Frisco in 1954. Dr. Pink started his own practice and acted as Frisco’s sole physician for the better part of two decades. He retired in 1997.
Dr. Pink was a native of Wichita Falls and graduated from Wichita Falls High School. He served in the medical corps of the U.S. Navy for two years and entered Midwestern University at Wichita Falls in 1946. He received his bachelor’s of science degree and entered Southwestern Medical School in 1949 and graduated with an M.D. degree in 1953.
He operated the Frisco Medical Clinic, eventually buying the clinic, located at the time just one block off Heritage Street, near where the Frisco Community Center is now.
From the time he landed in Frisco, he was active in many community groups, from the Frisco Lions Club to sponsoring a number of Little League teams over the years.
He and Bill Christie were instrumental in bringing Frisco’s first major industry to Frisco. He persuaded the Gould battery recycling plant to locate in Frisco and the Frisco Railroad to donate the land to build it on. That plant is now known as Exide and at one time was Frisco’s largest employer.
Dr. Pink served on the Frisco ISD school board for 17 years. During that time and for years afterward he also served as the team doctor for the Frisco Raccoons with no charge to the school district.
According to Warren, Dr. Pink was known among Frisco High School athletes as “Painless Pink” for his ability to treat injuries quickly and painlessly and get players back in the game.
Most recently Dr. Pink was known for his efforts to preserve Frisco’s historical heritage and to get a Frisco museum built. He was one of the founders of the Heritage Association of Frisco. Architectural plans are being finalized for the museum and Heritage Park.