Adam T. “Ted” Herman, 84: Pilot with a passion for hockey

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PORTLAND — Captain Adam Theodore “Ted” Herman, 84, of Scarborough, formerly of Cumberland, died Jan. 18.

Born May 7, 1926, in Detroit, Mich., he was a son of Walter and Helen (Szasty) Herman, and attended Detroit schools.

After graduating from high school in 1943, he entered the U.S. Navy as an Apprentice Seaman, and was subsequently accepted into the Cadet Aviation Program.

In 1946 he earned his naval aviator wings and served as an aircraft fighter pilot until 1949, when he enrolled at the University of Michigan, and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1953.

In 1954 he returned to his passion for flying and became a pilot for Trans World Airlines. In the early 1960s he was among the initial cadre of pilots selected to fly the first jet-engine passenger airplane, the Boeing 707, and the first jumbo aircraft, the Boeing 747.

During this time he continued to serve in the U.S. Naval Reserves, eventually being named Squadron Commander at NAS Grosse Isle, Mich. In 1969 he retired from naval service after 26 years.

In 1985, he retired from TWA after 30 years of dedicated service. After his retirement, he pursued his interests in hunting, fishing, sailing and gardening. He also loved playing hockey in downtown Portland, and his hockey dream was realized when he played a game with Detroit hockey legend, Gordie Howe, who he eventually played many games with over the years and they became good friends.

He was predeceased by his sons Mike and Gordie Herman, his brother, Ed, and his sister, Lucille.

Survivors include his dedicated wife of 47 years, Waltrud; his sister Wanda Northcutt; children Dave Herman, Rene Davis, Major Jeff Herman, Tom Herman, Mary Kay Mayer, Raymond Herman; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

His dedication to his country, his positive attitude toward life, and unconditional love for his family and friends were inspirational to those who knew him.

Memorial services were held Jan. 24.

Arrangements are by Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth.

Please visit lindquistfuneralhome.com to share your condolences, memories and tributes with his family.

Memorial donations may be made to Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute, Att: Barbara Grillo, 100 Campus Dr., Scarborough, ME 04074.

PORTLAND — Captain Adam Theodore “Ted” Herman, 84, of Scarborough, formerly of Cumberland, died Jan. 18.

Born May 7, 1926, in Detroit, Mich., he was a son of Walter and Helen (Szasty) Herman, and attended Detroit schools.

After graduating from high school in 1943, he entered the U.S. Navy as an Apprentice Seaman, and was subsequently accepted into the Cadet Aviation Program.

In 1946 he earned his naval aviator wings and served as an aircraft fighter pilot until 1949, when he enrolled at the University of Michigan, and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1953.

In 1954 he returned to his passion for flying and became a pilot for Trans World Airlines. In the early 1960s he was among the initial cadre of pilots selected to fly the first jet-engine passenger airplane, the Boeing 707, and the first jumbo aircraft, the Boeing 747.

During this time he continued to serve in the U.S. Naval Reserves, eventually being named Squadron Commander at NAS Grosse Isle, Mich. In 1969 he retired from naval service after 26 years.

In 1985, he retired from TWA after 30 years of dedicated service. After his retirement, he pursued his interests in hunting, fishing, sailing, and gardening. He also loved playing hockey in downtown Portland, and his hockey dream was realized when he played a game with Detroit hockey legend, Gordie Howe, who he eventually played many games with over the years and became good friends.

He was predeceased by his sons Mike and Gordie Herman, his brother, Ed, and his sister, Lucille.

Survivors include his dedicated wife of 47 years, Waltrud; his sister Wanda Northcutt; children Dave Herman, Rene  Davis, Major Jeff Herman, Tom Herman, Mary Kay Mayer, Raymond Herman; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

His dedication to his country, his positive attitude toward life, and unconditional love for his family and friends were inspirational to those who knew him.

devoted husband, wonderful father and grandfather,

Memorial services were held Monday Jan. 24.

Arrangements are by Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth.

Please visit lindquistfuneralhome.com to share your condolences, memories and tributes with his family.

Memorial donations may be made to Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute, Att: Barbara Grillo, 100 Campus Dr., Scarborough, ME 04074.

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