James Jerome Herman J.D. ’72 passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, August 31, 2011. Jim was born in July 1929 in Sheboygan, Wis., the youngest of Amalie and Jacob Hermann”s 10 children. He met the love of his life, Lynn Willis, at Ripon College—they were married in 1951. They enjoyed many wonderful years skiing, traveling, doing volunteer work, and raising their three children together in Sunnyvale. They moved to Aptos, and then to Paso Robles. Jim was a highly educated, intelligent man who earned degrees from Ripon, MIT, University of Wisconsin and a law degree from Santa Clara University. While living in Sunnyvale, Jim worked for Lockheed on top secret projects, such as Deep Quest and the space shuttle, and was an expert in guidance and control systems. After he retired from Lockheed, Jim and Lynn moved to Aptos and began to travel the world. While at home, Jim loved to work in his garage listening to the radio, doing beautiful stained glass work and building intricate dollhouses and farms for his grandchildren. He especially enjoyed working with Habitat for Humanity and devoted many hours to other volunteer organizations as well. During the last few weeks of his life, he was surrounded by his loving family who will sorely miss him. Jim is survived by his wife, Lynn; sons Mark Herman (Lucy) of San Francisco, Matthew Herman (Jennifer) of Aptos; daughter, Julie Cross (Chris) of Atascadero; five grandchildren Joshua Cross (Montse) of Atascadero, Calif., Trevor Cross (Lisa) of Los Gatos, Emily Cross and Holly Herman of San Francisco and Alexander Herman of Aptos. He is also survived by and three great-grandsons Urban, Ilan, and Liam Cross, with another great-grandson due in October; sisters Clare Wreidt and Virginia Herman; as well as several nieces and nephews. 

08 Nov 2018