Herman Shum, vice principal of Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley, California, died Saturday, December 27, following a cycling accident near Dublin, California. Justin-Siena High School in Napa, California, had recently announced the appointment of Shum as its principal beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. Shum graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga in 1997.
A statement posted on Saint Mary’s website described 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.”
In a letter to the school community, Robert Jordan, president of Justin-Siena 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.”
Shum was 40 years old. He is survived by his wife, Janelle, and two daughters, Nikki and Monica. His funeral Mass 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.