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Richard died suddenly on September 2, 2021 after celebrating his 90th birthday a month earlier.
“Dick” was a thoughtful, loving and supportive husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He dedicated his life to serving others wherever he happened to be throughout his personal and professional life. Dick appreciated each individual for who they were and felt privileged to share his gifts and experience with others. He enjoyed working alongside others for the common good including mentoring many professionally and through leadership roles within his church and a variety of community service organizations across his lifetime.
Richard was born in Buffalo, New York, July 29 1931 to Arthur Frederick John Herrmann and Ella Louise Bauman. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Patricia, a daughter and four sons, their partners, children and grandchildren.
Richard was a graduate of Ithaca College in physiotherapy and attained an MBA in hospital administration from Cornell Graduate School of Business. Dick was employed as an administrator successively by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City, St. Vincent’s Hospital of Richmond (Staten Island, N.Y.), and Mercy Medical Center of Rockville Center, NY. In his role as a hospital administrator Dick was appointed to a number of New York State and National Advisory Boards and leadership councils including the American Hospital Association, the New York State Catholic Healthcare Council and two Governor’s Hospital Review and Planning Councils. He retired in 1993 and lived in Staunton, VA prior to moving to Sun City, AZ twenty years ago. Dick also became involved at the volunteer level in the western Minnesota where he and Pat summered at the family lake house following his retirement.
Dick’s volunteer activities were numerous and he frequently accepted leadership roles within the organizations he joined, sharing his approachable personality, calm manner and many talents freely with groups including Boy Scouts of America, YMCA, Wagner College (Staten Island), Church Councils of ELCA of the Lutheran Church, local School Boards, Mid town Hospital Chaplaincy Program, several Hospice organizations, Lions, Western Minnesota Steam Threshers, West Valley Lutheran Thrift Store and most recently Board Chairman of Royal Oaks Continuing Care Community.
The family appreciates the many kind messages of sympathy and support we have received from those who knew and loved Dick. A Celebration of Life for Dick will be scheduled and announced at a later date.
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