Norman Herz

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HERZ-Norman, 90, of Athens, Georgia died on May 28, 2013.

Norman Herz pioneered the use of science to solve archaeological problems. The Archaeological Institute of America honored him in 1995 with its highest award in the field, The Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology. In 2007 the Geological Society of America awarded him the Rip Rapp medal for his contributions to the interdisciplinary field of archaeological geology. He won the University of Georgia (Athens, GA) Creative Research Medal in 1981. For his accomplishments and teaching in Brazil, he was elected a Foreign Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in 1991. As a founder he holds the title of Honorary President of the International Association for the Study of Marble and Other Stones used in Antiquity (ASMOSIA).

Born in New York City he was educated at Townsend Harris High School and the City College of New York. In 1943 during World War II, he enlisted in the army and served in the Corps of Engineers and the Air Force. He was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Air Force, March 1945.

Herz was awarded a Ph.D. in Geology by the Johns Hopkins University in 1950. A Fulbright Senior Research Scholarship to Greece led to experiences in archaeology. From 1952 until 1970 he was a Research Geologist with the United States Geological Survey; 1956-1962 was spent working in Brazil on a technical assistance program to map and help develop resources of the country, and then as a visiting professor at the University of Sao Paulo. In 1970 he was appointed Professor and Department Head of the Geology Department at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA, until his retirement in 1995. He then received the title of Professor Emeritus of Geology and Head Emeritus of the Department of Geology, University of Georgia.

Herz is the author or co-editor of many books on the topic of scientific methods as applied to archaeology plus over two hundered geological and archaeological articles including some of the earliest contributions to the theory of Plate Tectonics.

He is survived by his wife, Christine; son, David Herz and his wife, Marie; son, Jonathan Herz; daughter, Sarah Herz; brother, Marvin I. Herz, MD and his wife, Leslie; and five grandchildren.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald from June 3 to June 4, 2013
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