Mr. Herman Shum, Vice-Principal of Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley, CA, died on Saturday, December 27, following a cycling accident near Dublin, CA. He was 40 years old. Mr. Shum is survived by his wife, Janelle, and two daughters, Nikki and Monica.
A statement posted on Saint Mary’s website described Mr. Shum as, “an extraordinary educator who touched the lives of hundreds of students in his eleven years at Saint Mary’s. He was a brilliant teacher and administrator.”
Mr. Shum had recently been appointed principal of Justin-Siena High School in Napa, CA, and was to have begun his duties in the 2015-2016 school year. In a letter to the school community, Justin-Siena President Mr. Robert Jordan wrote, “On this Feast Day of the Holy Family, I ask that you hold in your prayers Mr. Shum’s wife and his daughters. May they find comfort in the many families and communities who will wrap their arms around them.”
Mr. Jordan’s message continued, “Also, let us keep in our prayers the faculty, staff, parents, and students of Saint Mary’s, our extended Lasallian family in Berkeley, that God may grant them healing peace in the days and weeks ahead.”
The Funeral Mass for Mr. Shum is scheduled for January 10, 2015, at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, 2555 17th Avenue, in San Francisco. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m., with Mass beginning at 3:00 pm. A reception will follow.