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Roger Eliot Herman

NORTH CAROLINA -- Roger Eliot Herman, 62, died on Nov. 6, 2006 in Greensboro, N.C., from complications of Dermatomyositis.

He was CEO of The Herman Group.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; his mother; three brothers; his son, Scott Herman; his daughter, Jennifer Herman; and his two grandsons, Charlie and Aaron from his son, Scott.


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Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Nov. 10, 2006.
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November 27, 2006
It is with much sorrow that I learned of Roger's passing. Although it has been some time since our paths crossed, Roger was a very memorable and positive guy! I was fortunate enough to tap his mind over many discussions about financial planning. My thoughts and prayers now go to those whom he loved and who loved him. May God bless you all with His comfort and peace. Sincerely, Hal Foster
Hal Foster
November 24, 2006
I am really sorry to hear this, as Roger was a big part in my child hood. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Louis Milum
November 15, 2006
Joyce: I
Here at the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, we are so sorry of to hear of the sudden loss of Roger. As you know, we were hoping he would be contributing his talents and skills to our executives and managers over the next few months. Roger first came to EPA in the early 90's. He demonstrated a command of knowledge and an instinctive capacity to relate effectively to everyone. Always with his sly humor, he made exceptional points and challenged people to be better and to make a difference. Our best caring thoughts are being sent to you!
Brian Twillman
November 14, 2006
Joyce,

My perchance meeting with you and Roger happened roughly about this time back in 2002 when I was in search of employment.

And like manna from heaven, the two of you brought much needed stability and nourishment of a different sort into my life.

And although Roger is not alive in the physical sense, he is still very much alive within me. Both you and he provided comfort and a sense of belonging which will never be forgotten and I will always have the memories and how a perchance meeting at a Christmas Holiday party changed my life for the better.

Yes, and though the time spent in your company was brief, it continues to be quite memorable. Roger was a fine human being and you were quite fortunate enough to share some space and time with him.

So was I.

VCD
Varo Duffins
November 10, 2006
Joyce & Family ...

Elizabeth and I send you hugs and warm wishes as you go through this time of grieving. I've known Roger for over 20 years. His friendship was an important part of my life, and his passing saddens my heart.

Please know that we'll be keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
Stephen Tweed
November 10, 2006
Dear Joyce and family,
My heart is so heavy for your loss. Roger such a deep love for you and the two of you just seemed to blossom on a shared path. We will miss his astute insights at NSA and I'll miss seeing him along our paths that crossed many times. Warmly and prayerfully, Eileen
Eileen McDargh
November 10, 2006
Roger, you left us too soon. Just like so many others, I will iss you too. I remmeber the first time we met. It was at a meeting planners event in Wisconsin. Then we ran into each other at NSA programs and started to get to know each other. I've always respected your work and your generisity to help others. You had great ideas and everybody listened. My thoughts are with your family.
Shep Hyken
November 10, 2006
Dear Joyce and Jennifer,

It was with deep sadness that I learned of Roger's passing. The writing and editing work that he offered me in 1998 gave me so much insight into his brilliance and humanity. May he be numbered among the stars of heaven.
Faithfully,
Beth Woodard
Beth Woodard
November 10, 2006
I am very sorry to hear of Roger's passing. I worked with Roger many years and learned many things from him. His memory will always live on with me, he truly did care. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Roger's family & friends.
Trudy Arnold
November 10, 2006
Joyce and family,

Although I never met Roger, he became alive every time you spoke of him. May you and your family have the peace in knowing the love of Roger as he continues to live in your minds and hearts.
Tom loughlin
November 10, 2006
Joyce and Family,

I want to express my deepest sympathy for the loss of Roger. I know this has been a difficult time. You have been in our thoughts and prayers and we truly want to help in any way we can, now or in the future. Since Pat has a similar disease, I can relate to the difficulties you have experienced in the last few months.

I met Roger many years ago at NSA and was immediately drawn to him because of his compassion, intellect and expertise. Roger was always in contributing to the good of our profession with both NSA and IMC. He was a true professional with endless energy.

I know you were very special to Roger and he was also special to many of us. This is a time of sadness because we will miss Roger, but it is also a time to celebrate his life.

We will continue to keep you and your family in our prayers and thoughts. May God bless and keep you all in his care.
Wayne Outlaw
November 10, 2006
Joyce & Jennifer - So sorry to hear of Roger's passing. While as city manager in Rittman he often encouraged me to write, and I still do to this day, thanks to him. He was, by far, the best city manager I ever worked for because he honestly cared about his employees. I will miss him. With sympathy.
Mike Burg
November 9, 2006
I never met Roger but learned so much from reading his writing and hearing him speak. His contributions to the field and to workers everywhere are immeasurable. He was brilliant, compassionate, original and entertaining. He will be missed. God bless his memory and give you strength in knowing all the people he helped in his wonderful life.
Ron Katz
November 9, 2006
Roger was one of the true stars in this profession. His intelligence, energy, and commitment to others was a testimony to the strength of his character. While missing him, we will also focus on his many contributions. We won't forget him as a colleague. And we absolutely know how important he has been to his family. We will mourn along with you. All we can do is to be grateful for the time we had with him.
Janelle Barlow
November 9, 2006
Joyce and Family,
I want to express my deepest sympathy for the loss of Roger. I know this has been a difficult time. You have been in our thoughts and prayers and we truly want to help in any way we can, now or in the future. Since Pat has a similar disease, I can relate to the difficulties you have experienced in the last few months.

I met Roger many years ago at NSA and was immediately drawn to him because of his compassion, intellect and expertise. Roger was always contributing to the good of our profession with both NSA and IMC. He was a true professional with endless energy.

I know you were very special to Roger and he was also special to many of us. This is a time of sadness because we will miss Roger, but it is also a time to celebrate his life.

We will continue to keep you and your family in our prayers and thoughts. May God bless and keep you all in his care.
Wayne Outlaw
November 9, 2006
Joyce,
Like others and yourself I am saddened and shocked by your loss and our professions loss. Roger always provided an interesting perspective in business discussions but more importantly he inspired me to be better for my clients. That is an admirable lasting legacy. Sending good thoughts your way and also his way.
My condolences,
Norm Hull
Norm Hull
November 9, 2006
Roger was the symbol of a true professional in every sense of the word. He was a leader in everything he did, and a role model for many. I will value the time I spent with him and what he gave to all of us. My sympathy to you Joyce, and the entire family.
Gayle Carson
November 9, 2006
Joyce, it is with deep personal sadness that I learned of Roger's death. Roger was one of the first people I worked with in the human resources field. I will especially miss his insights and his personality. I wish you strength and peace at this difficult time.
Garry Kranz
November 9, 2006
Dear Joyce and family:
My heart goes out to you all at this time. Roger certainly made a difference in many people's lives. His legacy to the speaking profession will outlast us all. You must be so proud of him. Wishing you much strength during your bereavement and a long and healthy life.
Best wishes
Susan Friedmann
November 9, 2006
I knew Roger primarily through our CSP connection and through his wise counsel on the list. His death was a shock and a reminder to us all to live each precious day fully the way Roger did. Joyce, you are in our prayers and in our thoughts as you go through this difficult passage. Just know you are not alone.
Beth Terry
November 9, 2006
Dear Joyce and family,
Please know how many of us were impacted by Roger. Bill and I wish you strength and love during this very difficult time.
Sue Coore
Sue Hershkowitz-Coore
November 9, 2006
Joyce:

Sharon and I are so sorry for your loss. You know the high regard he held NSA in--and how much he did to help in countless projects and chapter presentations over the years.

The thing that always impressed me about Roger was his willingness to pitch in and help out . . . and his unlimited enthusiasm for any project he was involved in. You and he did a regular segment for NSA's Voices of Experience the year I chaired it and I got so many wonderful comments on it.

This past year, when I served as NSA president, Roger was always there to help--always with excellent ideas.

Such a good guy. Such a shame.
Rick Jakle
November 9, 2006
I am sorry to hear of Roger's passing. I worked for Roger during my senior year at Northwest High in 99-00. He was such a generous and giving man who truly cared about everyone around him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Ashley Parcell Beckelhimer
November 9, 2006
Joyce, Scott and Jennifer-

Connection. To me, Roger was about connecting to people at all levels - whether it was talking about business (how we first met at National Speakers Association or "NSA", personal dreams (Veterans Speakers Retreat) or familial (helping Jennifer connect in Washington DC). I have always enjoyed Roger's company and will miss him.
Kristin Arnold
November 9, 2006
Dear Joyce and family,

My deepest sympathies to all of you at this time of loss. Roger was a good man who lived a good life helping many people. I was honored to know him and count him as my friend for many years. He will be sorely missed, yet his memory and legacy will live with all of us for many years to come.
Terry Brock
Terry Brock
November 9, 2006
Roger and I have been colleagues and friends for nearly 20 years. We have shared many thoughts and anecdotes over the years at the National Speakers Association and the Veteran Speakers Retreat as well as by email and telephone. I have many fond memories of these exchanges and have gained insights into the business I would not have had without him. I will miss those opportunities and will continue to smile when I remember them.

My thoughts and prayers are with Joyce and the family.
George Morrisey
November 9, 2006
Lois and I are very sorry to hear of Roger's passing. Roger and I spoke at a number of events together, and had the chance to have dinner together. He was very helpful in providing me information that was valuable in my decision to move to Greensboro. I know he will be greatly missed by all my colleagues at N.S.A.
Bob Losyk
November 9, 2006
Joyce,
I am so sorry to hear of Roger's passing. He will certainly be missed by all who had the pleasure to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad time.
Love,
Chelsey
Chelsey Watts
November 9, 2006
What sad news this was and Joyce I hope you feel the constant thoughts and prayers of so many of us who admired and appreciated Roger. And I guess we always will. Roger always made me think about things in just a slightly different way and boy did I love that. Even in his passing he made me stop and think again. Thank you too for being such a huge and central part of his influence on those of us who are, like you two, trying to change corporate America for the better.
Ian Percy
November 9, 2006
Dear Joyce,

I was deeply saddened to learn of Roger's passing. As your family and mine moved to Greensboro on almost the exact same week ten years ago, you both were always so supportive of me as we learned about this community together. I actualy met Roger over eighteen years ago, when I was starting my speaking business. I was always impressed with his passion for the business, and his willingness to share. He will be missed by the National Speakers Association family, and by each of us who grew because of knowing him. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Lenora Billings-Harris
President- National Speakers Association
Lenora Bilings-Harris
November 8, 2006
Joyce and the Herman Group:
I was so saddened to hear of Roger's passing. He was the part of the faculty for VHA's Tomorrow's Workforce Collaborative and one of the architects for the Employer of Choice award. He was wonderful to work with, energetic and passionate about making a difference. I'll never forget how proud he was when we went to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, Fla. to award them the EOC trophy...much fanfare, radio spots...he handled it all. I will miss his compassion...as he wrote to me following Hurricane Katrina and all of the issues with my New Orleans family. I saved his December 2005 email to me about the ordeal....forever cherished. He is out of pain now ...but his legacy is forever remembered. A brilliant business man, a sensitive husband, and caring father....a thoughtful friend. We are crying with you.
Lillee Gelinas RN, MSN, FAAN
VP and Chief Nursing Officer
VHA Inc.
Lillee Gelinas
November 8, 2006
Dear Joyce and family,
My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family in this time of loss. Being Roger's hairsdresser, we have shared some great stories together. I know he will be missed. Most sincerely...
Donnie Washam
November 8, 2006
Shocked with a sense of loss that states the feelings here. Joyce, we are so sorry to hear of the loss you and everyone who cared for Roger is now experiencing. We are sending our sympathy to you all. What a wonderful leader we all will be missing.
Chad and Pam Cook
November 8, 2006
Joyce:
Bonnie and I were sad to learn about Roger passing away on the 6th. I knew Roger when we were in Kindergarden at University Park Elementary School in University Park, MD. We were friends throughout our school years and graduated from Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, MD in June 1961. We were in the school band together and had a lot of fun experiences. After school we went our own ways. When I noticed that he was on the public speaking circuit, I called him and we got re-acquainted after all these years. Our thoughts and prayers for you and all the family members.
Bill & Bonnie Gager, Clifton, VA
William Gager
November 8, 2006
Joyce,we were saddened to learn of Roger's passing. He will be remembered professionally as a man if integrity, character, and vision. We at Stewart and Associates will miss him, and will pray for strength for you and the rest of the family.
Dan Ragan
November 8, 2006
Dear Joyce, We were shocked & extremely sorry to read in the paper today of Roger's passing. We pray for comfort & peace for you & your family.

Sincerely,

Rose & Bill Bailey
Rose Bailey
November 8, 2006
I am so very sorry to read of Roger's passing. Joyce, I worked for Roger when I first moved here in 2001. It was his generosity that allowed me to fly to NJ that same fall to be present for my father's funeral. I will never forget that assistance. I could not have been with my Dad if not for Roger's help. I also remember the lovely card and flowers sent to me after I lost my beloved dog. Roger was indeed a gifted and generous person and I was privileged to work for him for a time. God bless you and give you wonderful memories.
Laura Kruse
November 8, 2006
Joyce and Family,

I offer my condolences to you on the passing of Roger. I will miss his creative ideas and positive energy. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

In Sympathy,

Mark Livingston
High Point, NC
Mark Livingston
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