Robert Nathan Hermon
Robert Nathan Hermon
  • July 28, 1933 - January 30, 2015
  • Tempe, Arizona

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Hermon, Robert N. 81, (Bob) of Tempe, died Friday from natural causes. He was born in Winterset, Iowa, grew up in Des Moines, where he attended North High School. He was the valedictorian in 1951, and won state awards in swimming and diving. He served two years in the US Army, and graduated from Iowa State College in 1957 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He and Bev Sears, also of Des Moines, were married in 1955. In 1963 they moved to Tempe where Bob started Anderson-Hermon Civil Engineering. The business flourished, and many of his designs of streets, subdivisions and industrial parks are visible in Tempe. His best known project is The Lakes: a major multi-residential development with five miles of lakeshore located at Baseline and Lakeshore Drive. He was active in civic affairs as a member of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, the Tempe Diablos and President of Tempe Rotary. A talented guitarist, he led the Tempe Centennial parade in 1971, singing "Tempe Town", a song he wrote for the event. Bob is survived by his wife Bev and their three children, Monica Attridge, married to Norwood Attridge, and Eric Hermon, both of Tempe, and R. Robert Hermon of, Lenoir, North Carolina. They also have three grandchildren all living in Tempe, Lukas Attridge and his wife Melanie, Paxton, and Sydney Attridge. Bob loved flying, scuba diving, and cycling, but his passion was 30 years conducting ministries in Arizona's jails and prisons. A remembrance event will be held at Carr-Tenney Mortuary, 2621 S. Rural Rd, Tempe, February 10 at 4pm. Contributions are welcome at The Centers for Habilitation; TCH at 215 W. Lodge Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283.