HERMAN, Irving Leonard
Irving Leonard Herman passed away peacefully on July 4th, 2013 at the age of 93, surrounded by his loving family. Irving was born on June 6, 1920 in Seattle, Washington where he was also raised. He graduated magna cum laude from University of Washington in 1942. It was there that he met his wife, Jeanne, with whom he shared his life for almost 67 years. During World War II Irving served in the US Army with the 32nd Infantry Division and subsequently worked under General MacArthur in the South Pacific. Shortly after the war, he obtained his Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from Stanford University and later joined Aerojet General Corporation where he became Director of Training. During his tenure at Aerojet, Irving was involved with the development of the Polaris and the Minuteman solid rocket motor programs.
In 1969 Irving became a professor of Human Resources Management in the School of Business Administration at CSUS. Later he was appointed Dept. Chairman and obtained Professor Emeritus status after 26 years. During his tenure at the University, he garnered numerous awards for his teaching excellence and tireless devotion to his students.
Although he loved his students and teaching, Irving was happiest when spending time with his family. He taught by example, gently guiding all who were lucky enough to know him. His purpose in life was to help others at every opportunity. Irving led a life guided by faith and kindness to all, and his memory will be forever cherished by his loved ones.
Irving is survived by his wife, Jeanne; his children, Michelle (Richard) Ferkel and Debbie (Tad) Shapiro. He also leaves his grandchildren, Eric (Rachel) Ferkel, Amy (Derek) Ishaque, Megan (Greg) Earhart and Barry Shapiro. Additional family include his nephew, Jeffrey (Irit) Winston and his family and his nieces, Lynn Catania, Joan (Alan) Epstein and Julia Winston. There will be graveside services at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, July 9th at Home of Peace Cemetery.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 9, 2013