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Joseph L. Herson (1929-2014), Member of the Montgomery College Foundation Board of Directors

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Published: Aug 19 2014 12:29PM

Joseph L. Herson, dedicated and long-standing Montgomery College Foundation board member, passed away on August 8, 2014. For more than 27 years, Joe was a part of the Montgomery College family. The Montgomery College Foundation is very thankful to be a recipient of his and wife Sonia's tremendous generosity, which has benefited our students in countless ways.

Joe will long be remembered for the wise counsel and sound advice he provided to our College leadership and his fellow board members as a founding member of the Montgomery College Foundation Board of Directors, where he remained an active and respected member for the remainder of his wonderful life.

Joe's imprint can be found throughout Montgomery College. During the mid-1980's, he was pivotal in identifying the need for skilled auto technicians in Montgomery County and he served on the steering committee to establish the Homer S. Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education. Joe also will be remembered for his support of and dedication to Montgomery College's original Portraits of Life exhibit, which opened in 2005 and ensured that the memories of dozens of Holocaust survivors living in Montgomery County were recorded and are shared with generations to come.

Joe's impact for students became even more personal through the establishment of the Herson-Stirman Family Foundation Scholarship. Since 2003, more than 85 students have received scholarships allowing them to pursue their educational dreams.

Carol Rognrud, executive director of the Montgomery College Foundation, who was asked to speak at his funeral service, said "Joe will always be remembered as a friend of the College, and as a dedicated advocate for the best interests of Montgomery College, our students and our community. His memory will live on through the students who have benefited - and who will continue to benefit - from his generosity."

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