Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose professional accomplishments and achievements are exceptionally noteworthy and distinctive in his/her profession.
Graduating with honors from Bucknell, Dixon Herman majored in the A.B. Course, played in the band, and was active in student government as the junior class treasurer.
After graduation, he attended the School of Law at Cornell University, then returned to Central Pennsylvania to practice his profession. Public recognition of his abilities came early and his distinguished career includes service as Assistant District Attorney for Dauphin County, member of the Pennsylvania State Legislature, Dauphin County Solicitor and officer in the U.S. Navy in World War II.
Acclaimed as "one of the community's most talented young men," he was elected in 1957 as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Dauphin County, winning reelection in 1967. His exceptional record won for him appointment by the President of the United States, and confirmation from the U.S. Senate, as U.S. District Court Judge for the federal judiciary in Central Pennsylvania.
Honored as a "Community Leader of America," he has most recently been awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by Dickinson Law School. Active as a 33rd degree Mason, elder in the Second United Church of Christ, director of the YMCA, he is also known as a pilot of the first order, and member of the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society.