Obituary: Judith Hermanson

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Judith Emery Hermanson, teacher, artist, wife and mother, was born in Lawrence, Mass. As the daughter of Colonel Harry R. and Evelyn Smith, Judi, an Air Force “brat” reared in a strict military family, moved around the country every three years. In her teenage years she attended Military Dependents School in Wiesbaden, Germany, and witnessed the misery of that country following WWII. The family returned to the U.S. in 1949, and, in 1952, Judi graduated from Washington & Lee High School in Arlington, Va.

After later graduating from Mary Washington College, an all women’s college in Fredericksburg, Va., Judi taught for one year in San Bernardino, Calif., before being hired by San Diego City Schools. During the next few years, Judi and fellow classmates Hermie (also a military brat and daughter of a Navy surgeon), Barbara, and Corky lived on the beach of Mission Bay, and later La Jolla, in San Diego. This was a time of skin diving, bongo drums, the Kingston Trio and constant fun, when La Jolla was still a “village.” In 1959, Judi and David Hermanson, whom she met while teaching at Mission Bay High School, were married at Norton Air Force Base where Judi’s father was the commanding officer. The first years of marriage found Judi and Dave living in La Jolla, driving their favorite cars, a convertible MG and an Austin Healy. They later moved and made their home in Point Loma.

During the 30 years that she worked for San Diego City Schools, Judi taught many aspiring young art students at Mission Bay High School, Claremont High School, and Twain Alternative High School. In addition, Judi taught art classes for the San Diego Gifted Program and worked for the San Diego Community College District teaching adult art classes and high school GED classes. During her career, Judi took graduate classes at UCSD, San Diego State, and UCR and was awarded Mentor Teacher by the State of California and Excel Teacher by the SDUSD. Judi also was one of the founding patrons of the Art Alliance of Idyllwild and contributor to the Idyllwild Arts Academy.

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