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Kenneth C. Herrmann Biograph

Kenneth C. Herrmann (1924-2006), writer and college administrator, was born in 1924 on a dairy farm in a German speaking community in the Colby Wisconsin area. His parents were children of German immigrants. As a child he spoke German.

When Herrmann first heard Herbert W. Armstrong speak on the World Tomorrow radio program he was working as a farmhand in Nebraska. He drove out to Pasadena in 1948 thinking that if Mr. Armstrong preached biblical truth "it would be worthwhile to go out and check this man out." He ended up enrolling in Ambassador as the only new student to arrive in time for the second year of Ambassador College in Pasadena, California. He graduated in 1953. See A Guided Tour of the Early Ambassador College for Herrmann's reminisces.

In 1952 Herrmann married an Ambassador coed who was from the Little Rock area of Arkansas Elise Bernard (who died in 1997).

Among his credits Herrmann served as registrar and as head of the college admissions program. He was a teacher of astronomy and geology at Ambassador College. Herrmann served as editor of the Ambassador College yearbook, The Envoy, and for a time a programmer for the punch card addressing system used by the then Radio Church of God to send out The Plain Truth magazine and other correspondence.

In 1972 Herrmann he took extended Sabbatical leave due to internal political problems in the Worldwide Church of God administration and later retired. He settled in the Big Sandy, Texas, area.

Herrmann wrote various articles for the The Plain Truth and The Good News magazines including "How long were the 'days' of Creation?," "Should Christians Celebrate Birthdays?," "Beautiful in it's Simplicity, A Calendar Based solely on Biblical Principles," and "God's Sacred Calendar."

In a 1940 letter by Herbert W. Armstrong, the foundation was laid for the Radio Church of God's understanding of the Hebrew Calendar. Later, Herrmann wrote an article on the subject in the March 1953 The Good News 3.3:7-9 entitled "God's Sacred Calendar." The article was republished with small changes as "Which Is the Calendar Christ Used?" in the February 1957 The Good News 4.2:3-4. This research has continued as a foundation for Church of God calendar research. Herrmann's 1967 Master of Arts thesis was titled "Calendar and Eclipse Interrelationships" (Herrmann 1967).


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