Thomas William Herzberg

September 19, 1931July 8, 2018

Thomas W. Herzberg, 9/19/1931 -7/08/2018. Tom loved and was proud of his family. He leaves Georgiana, his spouse of 47 years, a retired university professor of occupational therapy; daughter, Laura an artist; son, Steven an architect; and grandchildren, Sophie and Evren. He had two sisters, Jean and (deceased) Kay, “I was lucky to have them as family.”

Tom served in the USAF for four years as a psychiatric medic. He earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University (MI) and did undergraduate work at Hofstra University (NY). Part of his work history included part-time therapy and university teaching. The bulk of his career was as a community mental health agency director. He co-owned a commercial sailplane school with Georgiana during which time he functioned as a flight instructor. He sometimes played drums in a rehearsal big band and in community orchestras. Tom also loved studying jazz piano. He organized and co-directed the first National Conference on Human Rights and Psychiatric Oppression in 1973 in Detroit, MI. Philosophically, he viewed himself as a humanist and pacifist who did not believe in any religion.


Thomas William Herzberg

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Al Calderini

July 15, 2018

When I worked for Tom in the early 1980's, he would often describe himself as an atheist or an agnostic. However, he demonstrated more Christian values than many regular church goers that I know. He was always concerned and interested in his staff. He was always very concerned about the well being of our clients and was always very compassionate towards them. He truly defined the word "humanitarian". Plus, he was just a lot of fun to be around. It was truly a pleasure and an honor to both know him and work for him.

My very deepest sympathy to Georgiana, Laura, and Steven on their loss.

Al Calderini
Reimbursement Officer
Suburban West Community Center