Bill Herr died May 8, 2017, at home in Weyers Cave.

WILLIAM STEWART HERR  

Well, finally I’m dead at the age of 88.  Not dead really I’ve passed from a lower state of Entrope to a higher state.  I think that is the Second Law of Thermodynamics. 

I was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Nov. 1, 1928, to Agnes Smith and Ernest Adolph Herr. In elementary school I worked delivering bread in my little red wagon, as a pin boy at the bowling alley, soda jerk at the drug store and later life guard. Jobs were easy to come by in those days!  As World War II raged, my brother Ernest joined the Navy and my sister June (Lewis) joined the Marines. I followed them, joining the Army.  Not long after I enlisted, the Japanese surrendered, they knew they didn’t have a chance! 

After service I earned an M.A from the University of Pittsburgh and married the love of my life, Roberta Scott. Over the years I was Instructor of Psychology at Edinboro State University, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Eau Clair State University, Visiting Scholar at Princeton University, Chief Psychologist at DeJarnette Center for Human Development, Staunton, Guest Lecturer at the Univ. of Tilburg, Holland, numerous Virginia universities, and proprietor of “Hobbywood” in Charlottesville.  

In Greece, I walked where Socrates walked, sat where Socrates sat, saw what Socrates saw, stood where he delivered the Apology and knelt where he died. Inspired by the Minoan civilization, I wrote "Santorini Logbook 1628 B.C. The Last Day."

I’ve had a long and happy life, being a member of “The Greatest Generation”, blessed with a delightful family, my late wife Roberta, son Dane and memories of our home The Log House near Brownsburg.  I leave back on shore the second love of my life, my wife Jane, without whom this last journey would have been impossible, and my daughters April Weaver, Roanoke, Circe Lindsey, Lexington, and daughter-in-law Ann Marie Herr, Clifton Forge.  These three women raised eight remarkable grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

After 88 years I have learned that the entire Universe is governed by the three Laws of Thermodynamics which boiled down are:  1.You can’t win!  2. You can’t even break even! 3. You can’t quit!  These govern daily life as well.  Your only chance is to prepare yourself the best you can and get lucky as I did…PERSEVERE!

“The afternoon became bright and sunny.  I walked about looking for a shady spot for a little nap.  Finding one, I settled comfortably and was surprised to be joined by Grandma, Ernie, June, Bobbie and Dane. We sat quietly, holding hands.  After a bit, I began to doze, my little nap became an eternal one.” 

(“Bill” died May 8, 2017, at home in Weyers Cave. He directed his journey with help from the excellent staff of Sentara Hospice. Memorial donations may be made to the Weyers Cave Volunteer Fire Dept. 1235 Keezletown Road, Weyers Cave, VA. 24486 or Grottoes Rescue Squad, 805 Augusta Ave., Grottoes, VA., 24441)

 

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