Herman John Loether Herman Loether passed away at home in Rancho Palos Verdes on March 25, 2011. He died peacefully with his family at his bedside. The cause of death was cancer. Herman was born in Pittsburgh, PA on February 27, 1930 to Herman Carl and Evelyn Loether. He earned a PhD at age 27 from the University of Washington and was a Professor of Sociology for 40 years. He taught the first 10 years at California State University Los Angeles and 30 years at California State University Dominguez Hills. He enjoyed and took pride in his students’ accomplishments. Herman had many interests and especially enjoyed genealogy and traveling. He was a patient, caring, dependable, unassuming person who had a wonderfully dry sense of humor. He was also a loving husband and father. We will miss him. Funeral services for Herman will be a Memorial Mass at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Rancho Palos Verdes on Monday, May 16, 2011, at 11 A.M.

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  1. Herman was my professor, my mentor, my colleague, and my friend over a span of 40 years and I am deeply saddened by his passing. My heart goes out to Louise and Chris at this most difficult time. My deepest heartfelt sympathy.

  2. I was a student in Prof. Loether’s statistics class, many years ago at Cal State LA. He gave a test the first day, and told us that whoever passed the test would pass the class and whoever failed should drop the class to avoid an F. I failed the test, but begged him to let me remain in the class. I needed it to graduate with my Master’s Degree in Sociology. I shocked Prof. Loether (and myself) by getting an A in the class. He said I was the only student that failed the first test and ended up with an A in his statistics class. He was a great teacher.

  3. We were saddened to hear of Hermans’ passing. Brings back so many memories of days we spent together working for Beyond War. We send heartfelt condolences to the family. Jianulla & Arnie Zimmerman

  4. April 4, 2011 Dear Louise & Christopher, Somebody said—when you lose a relative, you die a little. We couldn’t express our feelings at Herm’s passing in a more appropriate manner… Herm’s BEST quality was his incredible “dry” sense of humor—mostly endearing– & always thought provoking… We still TODAY– tell the boy’s —-‘Thank God–(intelligence) you take after your cousin Herm.’ I’ll remember him as a person of great character & boundless LOVE of family. He was so intriguing in his pursuit of the HESTER/family genealogy.. It was impossible NOT to like & respect him… Truly one of a kind… I’ll end by being selfish for a minute… Those of us who knew and loved Herm —have benefited from his friendship, success & example…. It’s a terrible LOSS —but what a wonderful legacy he’s left… I pray that you & Chris will have the strength to endure as Herm would want you to… —Thanks ‘Dear Cousins’ for sharing him with us! Warmest personal regards, Bob & Donna Hester 206 Arrowhead Lane Eighty-four PA 15330

  5. Dear Loether family, I am sorry for your loss. May each of you find comfort in knowing that God is “near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.” (Pslams 34;18)

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