Herman J. LOETHER
LOETHER, Herman J, Feb. 27, 1930-March 25 2011 Professor of Sociology, CSULA and CSUDH. Memorial Mass on Monday May 16, 2011 at 11 A.M. at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Rancho Palos Verdes. Please go to the mortuary's website, www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages and share memories. McCormick Mortuary - Redondo Beach 310-792-7580
Published by Los Angeles Times from Mar. 28 to Apr. 3, 2011.
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hello my name is Mark Jones i was hermans caregiver. he will be truly missed. Thanks mr loether for all those great conversations we would have !
mark jones
July 18, 2011
I just heard about the death of Herman which saddened me deeply. I first met him when I was taking a graduate class with him at CSULA. He was the best teacher that I ever had. During the years we kept in contact and periodically we had luch together. After we both retired we lost contact. I"ll always remember him as a great sociologist and a good friend.
David Shichor
June 8, 2011
The Loether Family has established a scholarship at CSU Dominguez Hills; the Loether Memorial Social Research Scholarship. If you would like to honor Dr. Loether by making a gift to this scholarship please contact the Office of Development at CSUDH: (310)243-2182 or by e-mail at [email protected]
Alexandra Jordan
May 16, 2011
Herm loved Louise, Chris, his colleagues, and his students. I remember when he brought a group of his students to Cal-State Stanislaus where I was teaching. They were there to conduct research for the CSU System. Herm inspired them all to do the very best they could and pointed to me and showed them how a one-time undergraduate student of his had gone on to obtain a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. He was always proud of his students' accomplishments and was always there to help them reach for the stars.
Sally Gorelnik
May 15, 2011
HERMAN J. LOETHER: TEACHER, SCHOLAR, MOTIVATOR, FRIEND!

My first exposure to Herm was in 1965 during his graduate course in statistics at CSULA. At about that time, Herm and Don McTavish started to write their now classic statistics textbook.

Although I highly valued Herm as a scholar, I treasured him as my mentor and friend. He encouraged, assisted, and guided me academically. His influence led me to become a sociologist. His time and effort resulted in my being accepted in three PhD programs!

Over the past 46 years, I have had occasion to interact and reminisce with my mentor. He came to support me as a friend and former president of the sociology honor society (AKD) when we started the AKD sociological research symposium in Richmond. He stayed with us and we remember his visit with fondness every time we use the beautiful wooden salad set he sent to us after his visit.

Several decades later Herm asked me to read his manuscript The Social Impact of Infectious disease in England, 1600-1900. As a result, I was honored to provide the forward to his book.

Herman J. Loether was an outstanding friend, mentor, motivator, scholar and teacher. I fondly cherish the history we have shared. He will long be remembered by those of us who were fortunate enough to have known him.


Jimmie Sherwood Williams
Emeritus Professor of Sociology
Virginia Commonwealth University
Jimmie Sherwood Williams
May 11, 2011
The spontaneous outpouring of admiration and affection for Dr. Loether is truly wonderful. It is clear he lives on in each of the lives he touched.
Alexandra Jordan
April 12, 2011
As a student at CSUDH from 1974-1978 I found Herman to be most kind, understanding, respectful,and non- judgemental. He also had a great sense of humor. Dominguez was fortunate to have him as an esteemed faculty member.
Bonnie Kin
April 9, 2011
He was an amazing individual who seemed to never give up hope, inspiring others despite great challenges of his own this past year. There was a wit Herm had that could always be counted on for a smile along with a strong sense of compassion. It was an honor to be part of his family. Not commonly known, he was a singer who serenaded me for my birthday with an Irish tune just before leaving us.
Jean Humanic
April 8, 2011
I was a grad student at CSUDH in 1970 when I met Prof. Loether. He was such a patient, gentle and kind man. I was impressed with his professionalism but also with how he set an accepting tone and showed respect for all the students. He helped me a lot and was a role model for everybody in the Department.
Del Whan
April 7, 2011
As a 37 year veteran at CSUDH, I always counted on Herm to answer stat questions beyond my competency level. He was always available and always generous with his time. More importantly, he was a kind and giving person.
Jim Cooper
April 6, 2011
You will be missed!
Robyn Love
April 6, 2011
Dr. Loether was my first teacher at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Hearing of his passing saddens me greatly. He was such an understanding man and so very knowledgeable in the field of Sociology. We have lost someone very special indeed. Rest in peace and Godspeed Dr. Loether.

Pamella Robinson
Pamella Robinson
April 5, 2011
I spent many years working as a teaching colleague with Herman Loether and also working on various projects with him including at the SSRC. Herman was generous in his sharing of his work and his vision of Sociology with younger colleagues. I appreciated his steadfast commitment to his students, his colleagues and the department.

I noticed over the years that he was most enthusiastic talking about his son Chris Loether, the anthropologist, and I remember how excited Herman was when Chris came on our campus to give a lecture on linguistics. I was struck how different the two of them were from each other, yet similar in the sense of being committed to the academic world of research.

Herman also was happy when he traveled to places where he could conduct interesting research projects. I remember he loved traveling to England and doing research on the Black Plague. He also did research on stress on faculty members. He wrote a book on the "Problelms of Aging" and helped support me in creating the Graduate Gerontology Option on campus. His research interests were diverse and interesting.

Herman, you are very missed already. Your contributions live on and so will your memory. Sending fond regards at this sad time to your beloved Louise.

Sharon Raphael
Sharon Raphael
April 5, 2011
Herman Loether was a great teacher and a very kind man. He was always there for his students and they expressed a high admiration for him. I remember back in the late 80’s several of his graduate students in the SSRC referred to him as “The great Herman Loether.” He was highly respected for his insistence on applying very orthodox approaches to the use and interpretation of statistics. His long teaching career has had a profound influence on many students, and I’m sure that I can speak for many in saying that I feel privileged that I was one of them.
Pete Van Hamersveld
April 4, 2011
He was an amazing individual who seemed to never give up hope
Jean Humanic
April 3, 2011
As I recall my wonderful visit with Herman on February 8, 2011, I remember how lucid and excited he was as we talked about sociology research and teaching. I did not see him as a dying man, nor did he, because we were fully present in the moment. There is something timeless about the soul that I saw in Herman. May he put his sociology research talents to work in heaven!
Fumiko Hosokawa
March 30, 2011
My thoughts are with Louise and the family as I recall my many good memories of Herman over the past 30 years. He was a valued colleague at CSUDH and one of the other rare Democrats in this part of RPV. Although I had not seen him often in the past few years, I will miss him.
Leon Cohen
March 28, 2011
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