Show Date: April 8th, 2020
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Ronald J. “Ron” Herrmann, JD
Philanthropist, Rancher, Investor and Businessman
San Antonio, Texas
Mr. Ronald J. Herrmann, shown here with his wife, Karen, was born in San Antonio, Texas on December 21, 1934. His father was Albert Herrmann, a San Antonio attorney. His mother was Helen Luthy Herrmann. The Herrmann family is a San Antonio Century Family having resided in the city for over 100 years.
Mr. Herrmann graduated from historic Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio in 1952.
Ron received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Mary’s University in 1957 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) Degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1959.
Mr. Herrmann was honored with the Distinguished Law Alumni Award by St. Mary’s University on April 13, 1978. On March 26, 2007, he was again honored by St. Mary’s University as a Distinguished Alumnus. On May 14, 2011, Mr. Herrmann received the St. Mary’s University School of Law 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award.
While Mr. Herrmann was pursuing his bachelor’s degree, he was a member of Rho Beta Gamma fraternity. During law school, he became a member of Phi Delta Phi International Honorary Legal Fraternity. He served as Magister and Historian for Phi Delta Phi and received Certificates of Merit for Outstanding leadership in both posts.
Mr. Herrmann was a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Mary’s University for many years. While on the board, he was Chairman of the Finance Committee for three years, Chairman of the Investment Committee for three years and a member of the Executive Committee for a number of years. He was Chairman of the St. Mary’s School of Law Advisory Council. He was also a trustee of the Emil C.E. Jurica Trust benefiting St. Mary’s University for many years.
Mr. Herrmann was commissioned in the United States Army Reserve and was a member of the Reserve Officers’ Association.
He was the Adjutant General of the Reserve Officers Association of Texas.
Mr. Herrmann is a member and a founding director of the San Antonio Bar Foundation. He is a member of the Texas Bar Foundation and Fellow of the Texas Bar Association.
Mr. Herrmann was admitted to practice law before The Supreme Court of the United States.
He was the recipient of Texas Senate Resolution No. 572, 80th Legislature, in acknowledgement of his services to the State of Texas.
Mr. Herrmann was also a member of the Executive Committee of the San Antonio Zoological Society and was chairman of its Investment Committee.
He was a director of the Cancer Therapy and Research Center and was a member of its Finance Committee.
He has been a trustee and was twice President of Saint Mary’s Hall in San Antonio, Texas. He is currently serving as a Trustee Emeritus of Saint Mary’s Hall.
He is also a Trustee of Herrmann Zeller Charitable Foundation.
Mr. Herrmann was an organizing director of the National Center for American Western Art, now the Briscoe Western Art Museum.
Mr. Herrmann was a council member of the City of Olmos Park. He remained on the City of Olmos Park Investment Committee for several years. He is currently serving on the Board of Trustees and is the former Chairman of the Olmos Park Foundation. In December, 2010, he was awarded an appreciation plaque by the employees of the City of Olmos Park. He was on the organizational board of the Blood and Tissue Center Foundation. and an organizing director of the National Center for American Western Art, now the Briscoe Western Art Museum. He is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Argyle and served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer, and received the Board of Governors of the Argyle Certificate of Appreciation on March 20, 2012.
Mr. Herrmann was an organizing director of the World Affairs Council of San Antonio.
He was a recipient of a Resolution of Commendation for outstanding accomplishments, Texas Senate Resolution No. 728, 63rd Legislature, May 9, 1973.
An active outdoorsman, Mr. Herrmann ranches in several counties in south and west Texas, has an exotic game ranch in Frio County and supervises family wheat, feed grain, and cattle land near Dodge City, Kansas. He has received various awards for soil, water and wildlife conservation including the Outstanding Wildlife Conservationist Award, Big Bend Soil and Water Conservation District in 1991, the Kansas Bankers Award for soil conservation in 1973, and the Texas Award for Historic Preservation in 1996. He was also honored by the Texas Land Commissioner as the first person to grant an easement to the State of Texas for archaeological studies of ancient Native American cave dwellings and artifacts located on his West Texas family ranch.
Mr. Herrmann has been a member of the Texas Historical Society and was active in historical projects including authentic restoration of the oldest two-story rock home in Fredericksburg, Texas, built in 1850. The Texas Historical Society issued a historical plaque commemorating the structure and its restoration. He also restored a ranch home and guest house in Gillespie County, Texas and received a historical plaque for this accomplishment as well in 1983. Other authentic restorations include 1885 and 1902 homes on the Kansas farms. The Kansas farms have been in his family for over 130 years.
Mr. Herrmann is married to the former Karen Heizer of San Antonio, Texas, a graduate of Baylor University. Karen is a founding director and Trustee Emeritus of the San Antonio Children’s Museum. She is currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the San Antonio Art Museum and the Cancer Therapy and Research Center. She is a member of the University of Texas at San Antonio Nursing Advisory Council and serves on the committee for the Excellence in Women’s Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center and a member of the Advisory Board of the Marine Science Institute.
In 1999, Mr. and Mrs. Herrmann were honored as “Grandparents of the Year” by the San Antonio Children’s Museum. In April 2001, they received the “Thoroughbred Award” from The David and Sybil Yurman Humanitarian Foundation in recognition of their significant contributions toward arts and humanity. In May 2004, Mr. and Mrs. Herrmann were awarded the Rock Art Foundation’s highest honor, the White Shaman Award, in recognition of their consistent and generous support of the Foundation. In 2009, Mr. and Mrs. Herrmann, with Lynda Johnson Robb, served as co-chairs of the American Folk Art Museum of New York’s Gala honoring Texas.
Mr. Herrmann is or has been a member of many organizations including the following:
- American Folk Art Museum
- The Argyle Certificate of Appreciation, March 7, 2012
- Beethoven Maennerchor – Life Member
- Cancer Therapy and Research Center
- Chancellor’s Council, The University of Texas System
- City of Olmos Park Council Member
- Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin
- Edwards County, Kansas Historical Society, Life Member
- First Presbyterian Church
- Guggenheim Art Museum, New York, New York
- Kansas State Historical Society, Life Member
- The Metropolitan Club, New York, New York
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
- National Center for American Western Art
- Olmos Park Foundation
- President’s Development Board for the University of Texas Health science Center at San Antonio, Texas
- Rock Art Foundation
- Saint Mary’s Hall President
- Saint Mary’s University Board of Trustees
- Saint Mary’s University Dean’s Counselor (1979-1980)
- Saint Mary’s University Black Law Students Association (2005-2006)
- Saint Mary’s University Distinguished Alumnus Award, Outstanding Leadership and Service Presented March 26, 2007
- San Antonio Children’s Museum
- San Antonio Museum of Art
- San Antonio Zoological Society
- Southwest School of Art
- Texas Biomedical Research Institute
- Texas Japan Trade Association
- Texas Lutheran University President’s Associates, 1891 Society
- Texas Nature Conservancy
Texas Bar Foundation “Fellow” recognition of outstanding professional ability and notable contributions to help Administration of Justice, June 8, 1985.
Awards and Honors, Continued
- Trans Pecos Mule Deer Association
- Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
- Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
- State of Texas, House of Representative flies flag over Texas Capital in Honor of Ronald J. Herrmann, August 31, 2015
Mr. & Mrs. Herrmann were the UT Health at San Antonio President’s Gala Honorees on September 21, 2020
Mr. Herrmann was the Chairman and owner of Columbia 300, Inc. for many years. Columbia was the largest manufacturer of bowling balls in the world for most of this time. He began expanding international sales in the 1970’s and organized an export sales division, making Columbia bowling balls the most sought after in the world.
Mr. Herrmann is currently the Honorary Chairman of various family owned businesses.
He has six children, Karin Beckendorf, Carol Morey, David Herrmann, Helen Berridge, Emilie Petty and Austin Herrmann, and thirteen grandchildren soon to be fifteen.
Mr. Herrmann, a devoted husband and father, is an active conservationist, bird hunter, fishing enthusiast, outdoorsman, historian and world traveler.