John Herman
1936 - 2019
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John Herman
May 28, 1936 - January 14, 2019
Resident of Los Gatos
John Alexander Herman (also known as Dr. John or "DJ") passed away on Jan. 14th having spent his life committed to service while spreading wit, warmth, and exuberance to everyone he met. John was a graduate of Cornell University, NYU Medical School, and became a Captain in the U.S. Air Force, 78th USAF Hospital, Hamilton Air Force Base, CA. There he cared for wounded soldiers returning from Vietnam and found his calling to help others.
Recognizing the impending diabetes epidemic, John spent 25+ years at San Jose Medical Group as a practicing Physician of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology working extensively with Hispanic patients with diabetes. Summers were filled educating and treating diabetic children at Camp De Los Niños and Camp DJ at Sequoia Lake, named in his honor. And for three decades, John was an active Board member of the Diabetes Society of Santa Clara, fundraising and providing diabetes education programs to the local community.
John also taught at UCSF for 40 years as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, guiding hundreds of first-year medical students to provide comprehensive medical and emotional care to low income patients. And as a cancer survivor, John volunteered at Cancer CAREpoint sharing his compassion, care, and good humor to those in Silicon Valley touched by cancer.
In 2008, John was recognized by the California State Senate with a Lifetime Achievement and Service Award for his meritorious service to humanity.
John was passionate about gardening, enjoyed hiking with his best friend Frank, traveling the world with his wife Edna, painting, and spending time with his family.
John's loving spirit will be carried on by his wife of 53 years, Edna Herman; daughter, Michelle Herman; daughter and son-in-law, Erica and Denis Baylor; and grandchildren, Michael Alexander and Jason John Baylor.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 18, 2019.
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7 entries
March 8, 2019
Tuyet Pham
January 24, 2019
Dr. John was a fabulous person. He was also so kind and funny. He always had this bright smile on his face and could always make me laugh. He was always down to paint or come join me for group music. I miss him a lot and my deepest condolences to the family.
Karen Tom
January 19, 2019
Dr. John was a fantastic person and a great friend and father. He was always so kind and thoughtful. He will be missed by many. My deepest condolences go to the Herman family.
Mary Madden
January 18, 2019
Michelle, my name is Rick Mustain. We went to school together at Strawberry Park. I saw you at a Blackford HS reunion, but you didn't remember me. My condolences and prayers to you and your Family for your loss. ❤
Rick Mustain
January 18, 2019
So sorry for your loss.
I remember Dr. Herman as a loving
person. I'm sending your family fond thoughts.

Mary's Mom, Kathy
Kathy Madden
January 18, 2019
Kathy Madden
January 18, 2019
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