Remembering Herman R. Hoyer FCSI, CCS

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Our dear friend and long-time member of SF CSI, Herman Hoyer was memorialized on February 17, 2017, after passing in August 2016 at the age of 89. He was an active leader in our Chapter serving many roles as well as president in 1970-71. He joined CSI in 1963 and was an outstanding mentor, educator, leader and inspiration to many members for more than 50 years. In 1972-73 he served with distinction as the Vice President of the Institute, one of the few from the West Region and the San Francisco Chapter. (Douglas Day being the only other SF CSI member to serve as VP.)

Herman was most honored and proud of CSI Fellowship to which he was elevated in 1971. His dignity and gentle nature inspired many to emulate his character. And his sense of humor and pleasant demeanor will be remembered by many.

Herman was responsible for developing the “short form specification” format and procedures, giving lectures on the subject, including years of CDT prep class lectures. He took great strides to improve specification writing, receiving several awards for his valuable contributions. Among the awards presented by the Institute were the J. Norman Hunter Memorial Award in 1991 and in 1971 CSI's highest award for Specifications, the Ben John Small Memorial Award.

He was always most gracious and encouraging to young members who looked up to him as a role model. His famous golden yellow vest bearing the many convention buttons, pins and memorabilia will be a reminder of his strong sense of loyalty and pride in CSI.

Herman's legacy was recognized in 2003 as CSI invested him as the 36th Honorary Member of the Institute (now Distinguished Member). This was an especially touching moment for him as family and his closest CSI friends shared his recollections of a long and fruitful career made more impactful by his involvement and membership in CSI.

One of CSI's finest, Herman was a Construction Specifier, and an Engineer who worked on countless Bay Area projects including the BART system. He was the chief author of BART's Standard Specifications for Construction Contracts and Design-Build Contracts still in use today.

Born and raised in Michigan, he attended college in Wisconsin and Ohio. He had joined the US Army in 1944 and was sent to Japan and served with the occupied forces until 1947 where he met his wife to be, Fumiko. They were happily married for 69 years.  Their 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration was a delightful party complete with one of Herman's favorite big bands for dancing and swinging the night away. Their two children and six grandchildren were Herman's pride and joy.

Herman and Fumiko settled in the Bay Area in 1959, where the environment was similar to that of Japan.  He served the San Francisco CSI chapter and his many construction industry friends with enthusiasm and professionalism.

Herman Hoyer will long be loved and remembered by all in CSI and the construction industry who knew and admired him.

For more information on Herman Hoyer's Fellowship in CSI or to learn more about this distinguished honor visit where you will also see the names and contributions of the other members of SF CSI who have been elevated to Fellowship.

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