John Alexander Herman

1936 - 2019

  • 82 years old
  • Date of birth:  May 28th, 1936
  • Place of birth:  Manhattan, New York
  • Date of passing:  January 14th, 2019
  • Place of passing:  Cupertino, California, United States

We created this memorial site as a tribute to our husband, father, grandfather, and loved one - John Herman, 82, who passed away on January 14th, 2019. His passion for life filled us all and our fond memories and love for him will forever remain in our hearts. If you feel like sharing a tribute, we'd love to read it. For those who'd like to honor John with a donation, two charities that were particularly special to him include:  https://cancercarepoint.org/donate/ and https://donate.lls.org/. Thank you.

-The Herman Family

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Candle lit  by Denis and Eileen Baylor  on January 17th, 2019

John Herman was a dear.  He was warm, enthusiastic, and witty, a person who could delight a whole gathering with a quick joke, often a play on the words someone else had just spoken.   His love for his family and friends showed itself in everything he did and said.   He loved life and relished conversation, travel, music, photography, and painting.   His paintings reveal the playful side of a person who was moved by what he saw.   He was a model of the kind physician, and his patients must have treasured his ability to really listen.  Medical students fortunate enough to have been mentored by him undoubtedly still emulate his ways in their own dealings with patients.   May the angels take you up to heaven, John!  You certainly belong there.  

Candle lit  by Erica Baylor  on January 17th, 2019

Cheers to my Dad, a truly incredible person and father! You were the best role model a daughter could ask for. You taught me to be a strong and compassionate woman, and always encouraged me to chase my dreams. You touched so many people with your welcoming and cheerful demeanor, and your never-ending jokes. I have big shoes to fill, Pops, but I promise I will do my very best.

Candle lit  by Denis Baylor  on January 18th, 2019

John was my father-in-law, dear friend, and role-model.  I wish we had more time together, but he lives on in everyone he touched, especially those of us who knew him so well.  Love you Johnny!

Candle lit  by Pamela Canter  on January 18th, 2019

Dr. Herman was such a presence in my life growing up.  I have so many fond memories of time spent at the Herman home.  Dr. Herman (it's still hard for me to call him John) always showed so much interest in me and my life.  He was a warm, caring and loving person and I always admired and envied his relationship with my dear friend, Michelle. You will be truly missed by all!

Candle lit  by Alice Orth RN CDE  on January 19th, 2019

Dr.  John was a strong supporter of our camp program while at the Diabetes Society. He loved going to the camps and the children enjoyed his presence - He helped me recruit staff - and ensured funding for various programs. He never took "NO" for an answer !!
His life touched so many people - I have two of his paintings, which I treasure.

Candle lit  by Lydia Lau on January 21st, 2019

Mr. Herman always asked "where is Lydia?" and we laughed as I would cheerfully appear in front of him.  This wise man would kiss me on my cheek while I showed him the green tea from HK.  When he asked me about my third brother, that's the time we should have Peking Duck :) Later time, I would bring him the pastry from HK and he knew I was there.  You will be missed Mr. Herman.

Candle lit  by Gecole Harley on January 22nd, 2019

I met Dr. Herman at Cornell through his magnificent daughter, Erica,  Dr. Herman clearly loved being a dad.  When Erica graduated, he beamed.  Her joy was his joy.
Dr. Herman never met a stranger.  He was a humble man who made my family feel welcome in his presence.  Dr. Herman, I miss you already.

Candle lit  by Freinds at Maalaea Surf  on January 23rd, 2019

John and Edna were such an integral part of our Ohana in Maui. John was our affectionate maestro at sundown directing the conk shell band. His art work is held in esteem in the front office. John was a caring person and always had a wonderful smile for everyone. Like the endearing sunsets in Maui he will always be remembered in our hearts. His spirit lives in Hawaii. Gary

Candle lit  by Shannon Wilkinson  on January 24th, 2019

I have so many fond memories of John Herman. He and Edna welcomed me into their home when I was a new college graduate with my first job in the Bay Area. I enjoyed many delicious dinners and gin and tonics in there. It made a huge difference! He always wanted to know about my life and wasn't shy to share advice and stories. He made me feel smart and special. I treasure my memories of him.

Candle lit  by Darcy Lear  on January 27th, 2019

John always made sure you felt right at home, no matter how long he'd known you or for how long you were passing through. If you said you were a friend of his daughter's, that was more than enough for him. His pride in his children was always right there on the surface--I'll never forget his toast at your wedding, Erica.

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