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Harold Jerome Herman

April 29, 1929December 12, 2016

Harold Jerome Herman 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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Author Mychaeltodd Robinson-Hokerk

October 29, 2018

Never had the splendid fate of meeting The Harold’s, your story and your life touched me and my mine. My life as a black gay man in a interracial marriage has been a testimony of yours. Nobody knows the good or bad- about the constant conflict we sometimes deal with, our Lutheran faith, the wonderful friends we hold dear, or the non-profits we support or work in. You would have been my mentor, a friend and my brothers. Rest in Perfect Peace, I will meet you on the other side. Mychaeltodd Robinson-Hokerk

Oriole Saah

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.

Diane Dippold MacIntosh, Ph.D.

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.

December 28, 2016

I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 119:76.

Elizabeth Carl

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.

Annette Chappell

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.

Judy (Herman) Beck

December 18, 2016

Uncle Harold you are remembered with Love and will live in our hearts forever.

Judith (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.

Mike & Sally Herman

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

December 14, 2016

May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this sad time Psalms 29:11