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Samuel Herman, 74, Book-Publisher's Representative
At 17, Herman enlisted in the Air Force, where he was stationed in Wyoming, Montana and Japan, achieving the rank of sergeant.
For the past 45 years, he worked as a book-publisher's representative, first for Como Sales and then Workman Publishing.
He earned industry awards for salesmanship, and his advice was often sought concerning new books. He would often spot a bestseller long before it was published.
Herman had a deep appreciation for the written word, as well as for classic movies and television.
He is survived by his wife, the former Adele Ross; daughter Marjorie Wassermann; son Daniel Herman; sister P.J. Fineberg; and three grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Joseph Herman.
Memorial donations can be sent to: the Colon Cancer Alliance, 1200 G St. NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20005.