1929 - 2016
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Died on December 12, 2016 at the Washington Hospital Center, Washington D.C. after a brief illness. He was the fourth child born to Myron Solomon and Susan Herman (nee' Fritchey) on April 29, 1929 in Smithfield Township, PA. Harold graduated with honors from Huntingdon High School in 1947, and then attended the University of Maryland where he obtained his BA and MA degrees. He was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1957 and taught there until joining the faculty at the University of Maryland teaching the Arthurian Legend, a course that he designed. Much of his published scholarship was in this field. Harold established the Chi Tau Chapter of Signa Tau Delta English Honor Society and introduced an internship program which provided supervised work experience for English majors in organizations such as law firms, state and federal government departments, and newspapers. In addition to academic work, he and his partner Harold F. Mays, Jr. operated Two Harolds Antiques in Old Town Alexandria, VA for 12 years. After retiring as Professor Emeritus from the University of Maryland in 1994, he compiled the Fritchey Family in America, 1856-2010, a two volume genealogy, now in the Huntingdon County Historical Society. He was an avid reader, gardener, stamp collector, and book collector.Harold is survived by his partner of 50 years, Harold F. Mays, Jr., his sister Clara Bass of Buena Park, CA, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A private Celebration of Harold's Life and interment will be held at a later date. Family and Friends are invited to leave condolences at www.josephgawlers.com    

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Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 25, 2016.
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October 22, 2018
I met Harold Herman through his partner in the early 1980s. He was a wonderful individual, with a lively personality and a warm sense of humor. I will remember him and his partner (Harold Mays) fondly and will miss them a lot.
Charles Dickison
February 11, 2017
I've waited patiently for my annual holiday card to come from Dr. Herman. He always asks what I'm reading (extra points for anything related to Arthurian Legend). He asks how my son is doing. I always write back with a quick update on my son and a brief glimpse in to my own life. We've been exchanging those annual cards for 28 years. Every time I think of never getting another card I want to cry. I will think of him every year until I am no longer here to send holiday cards.
Oriole Saah
January 9, 2017
It is hard to think of Dr. Herman's no longer walking this planet. I remember him not so much as my History of the English Language professor or later a colleague but as a friend. He always sided with the lowly graduate students over his fellow professors. I see him still, strolling down the halls of the U of MD with the Baugh Bible tucked under one arm, that shock of platinum hair, and his inimitable cackle preceding him. Loved you, Harold. Always have. Always will.
Diane Dippold MacIntosh, Ph.D.
December 28, 2016
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 119:76.
December 27, 2016
Harold was, and I am sure in his risen life still is, a bright spirit and a wonderful neighbor. I cherish the story he shared with me of ushering at the old St Thomas Church wearing morning coat and gloves. All the best to Hal.
Elizabeth Carl
December 25, 2016
I remember Harold as a wonderful colleague and mentor when I was a grad student at UMD. He had a great sense of humor. My condolences to Hal and to Harold's family.
Annette Chappell
December 18, 2016
Uncle Harold you are remembered with Love and will live in our hearts forever.
Judy (Herman) Beck
December 18, 2016
My family and I are deeply depressed by Uncle Harold's passing. My brother and I visited him several times and I called him quite often. We loved him very much and he is remembered with Love and will live in our hearts forever.
Judith (Herman) Beck
December 17, 2016
Sally and I are saddened at Uncle Harold's passing. I always enjoyed my visit each year and the many wonderful conversations we had. We will miss you. Mike & Sally Herman
Mike & Sally Herman
December 14, 2016
May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this sad time Psalms 29:11
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