Oct. 21, 1932 – March 16, 2014

Marvin J. Herman, an educational leader at Erie Community College for many years, died Sunday in East Stroudsburg, Pa., after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.

He was born in New York City and lived in the Buffalo area from 1974 to 2013.

Dr. Herman, of Orchard Park, graduated from Stuyvesant High School, New York University with a bachelor’s degree and Lausanne University with a medical degree.

He served as department head of allied health and full professor at Erie Community College, overseeing and directly involved in the teaching of more than 1,000 students.

In particular, his leadership of the dental laboratory technology program at ECC resulted in students who became dental lab owners, executives at health care technology companies, teachers, technicians and dentists.

The program has been recognized for many years with multiple awards and for its consistently high scores on the dental lab accreditation examinations.

He worked until 2013.

Dr. Herman directed and participated in the basketball leagues at ECC, an effort that brought together students, teachers and local athletes, including Buffalo Bills players, to play after hours with the man they affectionately referred to as “The Doc.”

He served for many years on the board of Temple Beth Zion, as well as on the board of the Ecumenical Council of Western New York.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Janice; two sons, Dr. Charles and Roger; a brother, Dr. Steven; and a sister, Yvette Horowitz.

A graveside service will be Wednesday in Monmouth Junction, N.J.