Longtime Corban trustee passes away

Monday, October 21, 2013


On Oct 11, Corban University lost a friend and servant when Anna Lorete Bauman Herrman joined her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family and friends, at the age of 82.

Herrman served 18 years on Corban’s board of trustees and was one of the first two women who were invited onto the board. She and Keith Herrman encouraged young people to seek out a Bible based higher education by establishing scholarships and grants for students.

Herrman began her life on January 16, 1931 in Grand Junction, Colo. She was the second child of Otto and Louella Bauman. She spent her childhood on her parents’ peach orchard and spent her summers following her father and grandfather to their construction projects. Herrman loved Western Colorado and always maintained ties with her family and friends of that area. Her love of art began by her sketching the beautiful Grand Mesa that overlooked the Grand Junction area.

She graduated from high school in Grand Junction, Colo. and belonged to the Tigers class of 1948. She then attended Mesa State College in Grand Junction on a full academic scholarship, graduating with an Associate of Arts degree. In 1952, Herrman completed her Bachelor of Arts in Education at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., with a minor in Art. Herrman, along with her friend Willie Nielson, became the first two Westmont students to graduate with teaching credentials. In addition, she received the Leland Award as the outstanding graduate entering a lay profession.

Herrman’s parents moved to Nyssa, Ore. and while visiting her parents in 1952, she was offered a teaching position at Nyssa elementary school. In 1953, Herrman met the future love of her life, Keith Herrman, who was a young farmer in the area. After meeting Keith, Herrman decided to stay in the Nyssa area and taught elementary school in Nyssa through the 1957-1958 school year.

The two were married on August 17, 1957 and moved to the Connell area to begin the exciting and arduous project of starting a new farm in Block 18 of the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project, where they both resided until their deaths. Herrman taught at the Mesa Elementary School in 1958-1959 prior to the birth of her first child, and was a substitute teacher throughout the 1960s and 70s while raising her three children.

She would tell you that her proudest accomplishment was to be a charter member of the First Baptist Church of Connell, and to be one of the families that remained active in the church throughout the years. She loved children and helped to bring Awanas, children’s church and a thriving library to First Baptist. She served as a Sunday school teacher, children’s church leader, librarian, historian, secretary, treasurer, custodian, music leader and in many other capacities.

Music played a significant part in the Bauman family and this love of music carried through Herrman’s entire life. She enjoyed singing and represented Westmont College in their women’s trio. She also regularly sang and played her autoharp at Connell First Baptist and other area churches and women’s events. Most every Christmas Eve would find Herrman and her extended family singing carols and hymns.

Additionally, she was an accomplished artist and her art was featured at several regional galleries. Several of her designs were published and her art was available at several area arts and crafts shows. Herrman also inspired others through her popular decorative art painting classes, which she taught for many years. She completed numerous commissioned works and her art can be found in many homes throughout the area. Although she started out in oil and watercolor, she produced the majority of her decorative art pieces in the acrylic medium on wood.

Herrman was many things, but most of all, she was a child of God who had trusted in Jesus Christ as her Savior for most of her life. This abiding belief was apparent in all she did. She was curious about everything, never wanting to stop learning, doing, and seeing. She and Keith Herrman travelled much of the United States and in many other countries, fulfilling her desire to explore God’s creation. She also had the gift of hospitality and was known for gathering people together for different events and any excuse for a party. Many people enjoyed a meal at her table or a fine cup of tea in her home.

The Herrmans were a good team and did many significant things together. They raised three children, and were active in community organizations, including the Franklin County Farm Bureau and the Flying Farmers. Herrman was a den mother, a Girl Scout leader, a P.T.A. member, and served as precinct committee woman for the Republican Party. She was also a member of P.E.O. since 1985 and served as her chapter president from 1998 to 2000.

Herrman served 18 years on the Board of Trustees of Corban University (formerly Western Baptist College) and was one of the first two women who were invited onto the board. She and Keith Herrman encouraged young people to seek out a Bible based higher education by establishing scholarships and grants for students.

Herrman is survived by her children: Paul (Cynthia) Herrman of Mesa, Wash.; Robin Herrman of Connell, Wash.; Heidi (James) Matsumura of Cashmere, Wash.; her brother Larry (Lorraine) Bauman of Connell, Wash.; her five grandchildren, Jason (Asa) Herrman, Sarah Herrman, Jenna Herrman, Brian Matsumura and Keith Matsumura; her loving caregivers, Kerri Malbeck, Leticia Marroquin and Neta Taimani; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Cochran, her parents, and husband, Keith Herrman.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 26 at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Connell. The church is located at 664 North Columbia Ave. A meal will follow the conclusion of the service at the church. Please plan to stay and share memories of her and to be among friends and family.

Please visit Anna Herrman’s online guest book: www.tinyurl.com/AnnaHerrman

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the following two memorial funds.


Building Fund

First Baptist Church of Connell

PO Box 68

Connell, Wash. 99326



Herrman Family Grant

Corban University Advancement Office

5000 Deer Park Dr. SE

Salem, Ore. 97317

Contact Director of Development Darrel White at 503-589-8186 or dwhite@corban.edu




  • Anna Herrman passed away on Oct. 11, 2013.

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