George Louis Herman, founder and president of a Timonium-based security and investigative firm, died of complications from respiratory failure Sunday at his Cockeysville home. He was 78.
Mr. Herman was born in Baltimore and raised in the city's Pimlico section. After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1944, he enlisted in the Army and served as a ranger.
After his discharge in 1954, he returned to Baltimore and established Metropolitan International Investigative and Security Services Inc. He retired in 1984 after selling the company.
Mr. Herman, who had a private pilot's license, enjoyed flying cross-country in one of his two custom Cessna 414 airplanes. He stopped flying after surviving a 1984 air crash.
He also was an accomplished scuba diver and was especially interested in shipwrecks off Ocean City.
Services were Tuesday.
Mr. Herman is survived by a son, Martin B. Herman of Hunt Valley; four daughters, Priscilla June Meekins of Baltimore, Venita Louise Metzinger of Carmichael, Calif., Nora Lee Peters of Beverly Hills, Mich., and Linda Lloyd Lambert of New York City; two stepdaughters, Sandra Dively of Parkton and Donna Grady of Las Vegas; two sisters, Jane Rankin and Betty Phar, both of Annapolis; and eight grandchildren. His marriage to the former Eleanor Saboury ended in divorce.