Herman Dr. James E. "Doc" Herman was born April 24, 1933 in Dayton, the son of Ralph D. and Emma (Bogan) Herman, and was called home by the Lord on March 14, 2014. Jim fought a long, hard battle over the past couple of years and God finally decided he was ready for a great veterinarian. Jim graduated from London High School, where he was inducted in the Academic Hall of Fame in 1994, and The Ohio State University College of Veterinarian Medicine. While attending OSU he was a trainer for the football and wrestling teams and worked directly for Woody Hayes for 7 years. Jim practiced veterinary medicine for over 40 years in Madison County. He was so well known that an Ohio Magazine once wrote an article penned: "Country Vet" detailing some of his experiences. Jim was also an Adjunct Professor at OSU and severed on the Veterinary College Entrance Board for over 20 years. He loved to mentor new veterinarians to enjoy the profession he loved so much. Jim also was the Treasurer, President and named outstanding Veterinarian for the Ohio Veterinarian Medical Association. Once Jim retired from his animal practice he became the Madison County Health Commissioner. A position that agreed to take for a brief period. He liked it so much, that brief period turned into 13 years of service. Jim was also involved in many civic organizations including: JC's (past president and outstanding JC), Lions Club (past president), president of Kirkwood Cemetery Association, and a Madison County Fair Judge to name a few. He also was a master Mason and achieved the Scottish Rite. Jim was also a 50+ year member of the First Presbyterian church where he served as an Elder and Deacon. In addition to his love for the Ohio State Buckeyes, his number #1 passion was golf. Jim was a member of the London Country Club for over 50 years, serving as president on two different occasions. He was quite the accomplished golfer winning the club championship 4 different years. He also has the distinction of being the oldest club champion when he won at age 73. Jim was married to the love of his life, Mary Anne, for over 57 years. He was preceded in death by his loving daughter Debbie in 2003 and his brother Robert. Jim is survived by Mary Anne; son, Don (Jane) Herman; son-in-law, Tony Brake; grandchildren, Rachel and Drew Herman, Kevin and Kenton Brake. Jim was quite a character, whether it was watching an OSU game, playing golf or a simple game of cards, he was the ultimate competitor and that is how he will be remembered. Family will welcome friends Tuesday, March 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in London, 211 Garfield Avenue, London, where Jim's funeral service will be held, Wednesday, March 19 at 11 a.m. He will lie in state for one prior to the start of the service. In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to the James E. Herman Scholarship Fund. Envelopes will be available at the church. A heartfelt thank you for all the support the family has received during this difficult time. Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.rldfuneralhome.com. Jim's funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the RADER-LYNCH AND DODDS FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE, 124 E. High St., London.
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 16, 2014