February 11, 2000

Obituary: Roland Hoermann

Roland W. Hoermann, professor emeritus of German and comparative literature, died Jan. 6 at his Davis home, of Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 76. In addition to his lengthy teaching and research service, Hoermann also served for 11 years as an associate dean in the College of Letters and Science.

Before retiring in 1993, Hoermann took an active role in both the academic and cultural life of UC Davis. He helped found the comparative literature program on campus, and he helped establish the campus chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Hoermann also played viola in the UCD Symphony Orchestra.

"Roland was a ubiquitous presence in the humanities and arts at UC Davis. He was not only a founding violist in the UCD Symphony Orchestra, but also a devoted concert-goer and a great fan of new music by UCD composers," said Kern Holoman, music professor. "He was one of those folks who’s always there, and his presence at pretty much everything we do reassured one generation and greatly encouraged the next."

In 1960, Hoermann received a UC distinguished teaching award designated for faculty members with fewer than five years tenure; he was one of six faculty members at the Davis, Berkeley and San Francisco campuses honored that year. Hoermann rounded out his UC service as director of the Study Abroad Center in Gottingen, Germany, from 1984 to ’86, and as chair of the German and Russian department during 1990-92.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Friends Service Committee, care of Friends Meeting of Davis, 345 L St., Davis, CA 95616.

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