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CAPT, Dr. Harry August Herman, Jr., USN (Ret)

March 6, 1934March 29, 2021
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CAPT Dr. Harry August Herman Jr. USN (Ret), age 87, passed away on Monday, March 29, 2021, in his home in Pensacola, Florida. Harry was born March 6, 1934, in Columbia, Missouri to Dr. Harry August Herman Sr. and Mrs. Lucille E. Herman. Patrol Squadron Two was his first duty assignment and major command, and he was stationed in Whidbey Island, WA. He flew the Lockheed P2V Neptune. During those years, he was shot down once, captured, and escaped enemy lines. Another duty stationed he was called up for was the Cuban Missile Crises while in dental school. He lived in Greeley, Colorado for some years with a dental practice, a small farm, and a crop-dusting business. He lived in California for some time as well, where he owned a pawn shop, studied gemology, and owned another crop dusting service. During his expatriate years, he was a military contractor working as an orthodontist for Al Hada MODA Hospital in Taif, Saudi Arabia in the early 1980's; subsequently, he went to work with the H-10 IASA U.S. Government Medical Clinic for five years. He then worked for an FHP - run clinic in Dededao, Guam for several years; where there he started their first orthodontic practice. He then returned to work for the Security Forces Hospital in Riyadh for two years. Harry, Esmeralda (Merly), and Jamie (Jayde) then moved to Pensacola, and he retired from his dental career in orthodontics in 1998.

Harry graduated from the University of Missouri with his degrees in chemistry and physics in 1955. He was commissioned on the 29th of August 1955 and started his navy career on the 9th of September 1955. He completed his naval aviator training during this time and received his Naval Aviator wings as a Lieutenant JG on the 5th of February 1957 at NAS Pensacola. Harry transitioned into the Naval Reserves after being on active duty as a flight aviator. During those years, he pursued and completed his degree in dentistry with a specialty in orthodontics at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He received a Doctor of Dental Surgery on the 10th of June 1963 and received a Master of Science in Orthodontics on the 7th of June 1965. He then was a received his Missouri Dental Board Certificate on the 10th of June 1963. Harry became an honorary member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Society by the Gamma Chapter on the 4th of June 1963. Harry then received his American Board of Orthodontics on the 9th of March 1973. Shortly after, he received the Certificate of International Membership from the American Association of Orthodontics. He was licensed to practice dentistry in the state of Missouri, Colorado, and Guam. In total, Harry honorably served a total of 26 years, eight months, and two days in the military, retiring on the 1st of May 1982. After his service, he was hired on as an Orthodontist under a military contract for Al Hada MODA military hospitals in Taif, Saudi Arabia (early 1980's); and in H-10 IASA US Government Medical Clinic in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1987-1993); FHP Dental Clinic, Dededao, Guam; Security Forces Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Interestingly enough, he received a Basic Acupuncture Workshop Certificate of Completion on the 7th of November 1982. Because of his passion for flying and sharing his aviation knowledge, he became the Chief Flight Instructor for Ferguson Aviation from 2004 to 2010 in Pensacola. He was an active member of the Pensacola Military Officer Association since 1998 and served as President for several terms. He often volunteered at the Pensacola Naval Aviation Museum and enjoyed doing so.

Harry was a devoted family man and loved his family dearly. He was a trusted colleague and a loyal friend. He had a heart of gold. Harry was honest, thoughtful, and friendly. There was a reassuring presence about him. He was an unassuming and kindly man. He had wit and a dry sense of humor; if you didn’t pay attention you’d miss his joke. His EAA Flight Advisor profile described him quite well: ““He’s a retired Naval Aviator. I think he has every rating there is to have. He's also a Doctor and retired as a Captain, but you better not call him "Doctor" or "Sir"! It's "Harry"!”” He valued his family, friends, and those he worked and collaborated with over the years. Harry was a class act, a gentleman, and a true patriot. He was a sharp man, well versed and a leader in his field. No matter the task, he did with great gusto; he was willing and prepared to help out where he could and where it was needed. Harry was a man with many talents, skills, knowledge, and wisdom. His passion for flying carried on after he retired from the military. He was a Flight Advisor for the EAA Pensacola Chapter 485 and was active in promoting the future of aviation through the Young Eagles program and sponsorship of EAA’s Aviation Youth Academy. He became a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), and he loved to fly his Cessna 172 with his family when he was able. Harry was an avid traveler and loved to experience different cultures. In contrast to being quite reserved, he loved to connect with people that he had links with; whether it was in aviation, military, or medical care. Harry was a fierce friend to the people he knew. Those who knew him expressed that he was very much loved, admired, and respected in the communities and organizations he served. He will be dearly missed. His legacy will live on with those whom he taught, flew with, and mentored.

He is survived by his wife, Esmeralda Go Herman, two daughters; Lisa Carol Cunningham and Jamie-Anne Herman Cotton, four grandchildren; Eric Trevino, Luc LaPorte, Alec LaPorte, and Max Brody Cotton, two nephews and a niece; Donald Louis Herman Jr., David Lawrence Herman, and Melanie Anne Lawrence.

He was preceded in death by his parents Dr. Harry August Herman Sr. and Mrs. Lucille E. Herman; his brother Dr. Donald Louis Herman, and his son, Mark Eric Herman.

A Memorial Service and Rosary for Harry will be held Monday, April 5, 2021, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, 619 N New Warrington Rd, Pensacola, Florida 32506, followed by a Reception from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. He will be interred at Barrancas National Cemetery on Thursday, April 8, 2021, the funeral procession will depart Oak Lawn Funeral Home at 9:00 am.

Services

  • Memorial Service & Rosary

    Monday, April 5, 2021

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  • Reception

    Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Procession

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

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Jeri Edge

April 7, 2021

Dear Merly and Jamie,

You both have been and will continue to be in my prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. Harry was a wonderful person and loved you both so much.

Love,
Jeri

Dianne Coleman

April 5, 2021

Dearest Merlie and Jamie, I was so sorry to hear the sad news of Harry’s passing. My thoughts and Prayers are with both of you .
Love you,
Dianne Coleman

Bruce Newman

April 5, 2021

I’ve known Harry for many years in EAA, and he’s always been one of my favorite people. He was certainly unique, and such a pleasure to be around and interact with. I will miss him so much, and I’m sure everyone else that knew him will feel the same way. My heart goes out to you in this sad time.

Mike Ricketts

April 5, 2021

I just wanted to write a short note to say how saddened I was to learn of the passing of your father. I was a friend of his from Ferguson Airport. We would also run into each other at Triggers Restaurant in Perdido Key and have lunch together there with Don and Dee Ferguson from time to time. Your dad always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone. That is how I will always remember him.

William Diaz

April 5, 2021

My sincerest condolence to you and your family on the passing of your father. I am deeply saddened by this news. I did not know your father well. I only had a brief occasion to meet him and interact with him while he worked at Ferguson Airport. From the moment he introduced himself I immediately liked him. I was at Ferguson to check out in an airplane so I could return to general aviation flying. Harry looked me directly in the eyes and I could see his kindness, gentleness, and his love for flying. We chatted like a couple of old friends. We eventually got around to flying and I was impressed by his knowledge and easy going style in the airplane. He never let on that he was also a doctor. He was a humble man, too.I came back to Ferguson Airport a few more times to rent an airplane. I again saw Harry at Ferguson during a pancake breakfast or perhaps a EAA Chapter meeting about six or seven years ago. I went over to him to tell him how nice it was to see him and that we had flown together around 2008. He looked at me with his gentle eyes and smiled and we shook hands. A small crowd was at the gathering and many other people were gathered around Harry. He did not remember me, but that’s OK, I remembered him and that’s what mattered. Your beautiful tribute and warm, loving comments in your email to John convey your deep love for Harry. Again, my condolence.

Evelyn Pabalan Pantig

April 5, 2021

It was a pleasure knowing Harry although we met him only once when he and Merly visited us in California. I heard so many good things about him from family members. A good role model to emulate is his kind, caring, and positive attitude. Condolences and prayers to the family.

BJ and Sandi Huster

April 2, 2021

We were blessed to be neighbors and friends with Harry, Merly and Jamie for almost 14 years. We got to know Harry due to our pets! BJ and Harry would meet up almost every day as they walked Duncan, Darla and later Mackey. Their talks included a shared love for airplanes, their military experiences and duty stations. Sandi and her daughter Megan, granddaughter Lauren and son Mike all loved seeing Harry and often talked about his kind and friendly nature. Our admiration for him grew even greater when he gladly opened his home and heart to Merly’s brother and his five children. Harry never acted like that was a big deal and always talked about what good kids they were. We’re thankful that our lives crossed paths with Harry and we will miss him. We send our love and deepest sympathy to Merly, Jamey and the many family members who loved him.

James L and Christine Frazier

April 2, 2021

I only knew Harry toward the later part of his military career as a dentist and aviator. He was a leader in both fields and was limited in none by his can do attitude and depth of knowledge in both fields. His demeanor was quiet, but his impact was loud. Harry was also a great teacher, in both the cockpit and the dental office. I had the good fortune to experience both. CAPT Harry Herman was a true Patriot and gifted teacher/instructor with whom I was honored to serve!

Catherine Ingram

April 1, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to Merly and Jamie. May God bless you during this difficult time. And may you remember the happy good times you shared throughout your life together to sustain you in the coming days and months.
Love and prayers, Cathy & Gene Ingram

Don and Dee Ferguson

April 1, 2021

Harry became a dear friend from the moment we met. A quiet unassuming person who was kind, thoughtful, helpful and funny. He was a great aviator who had flown a multitude of types of aircraft. We first met Harry when he offered his services to our flight school at Ferguson airport. He organized our flight instructors, quickly becoming our chief instructor. He offered our instructors, old and new, a reassuring presence. All of the students going through either the Navy school of students that we taught or our private students, were in awe of Harry’s knowledge. One of his duties was to fly with each and every student at some point in their lessons. Every student would praise his knowledge after their flight with him. Whether working with him or having lunch with him, tidbits of his flying history would come up in conversation. We had the privilege of becoming friends with Harry and his family, more like we became extended family. We grieve for his loss and send love and prayers to his children and to Merly. He will be greatly missed.

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