entered the traffic engineering profession in 1935. Early in his career he served as Traffic Engineer and Highway
Planner for the U. S. Corps of Engineers, Manhattan Project from 1942 to
1945. After World War II, he served for several years as a municipal
traffic engineer in Indiana. In 1948, Herman was hired by the City of Charlotte as its first
traffic engineer and served in that role and as Director of Traffic
Engineering for some 30 years until his retirement in 1978. Herman presided over 30 years of traffic operation improvements
and transportation planning in Charlotte during a period when the
city’s population grew from 134,000 to 315,000. During his tenure, Charlotte’s traffic engineering department
was one of the preeminent in southeast United States. Herman was an innovator, an advocate for safety, a mentor and a
professional with integrity. Herman had the courage to champion needed transportation
improvements, and the wisdom and stamina to overcome obstacles
encountered along the way to implementation. He was keenly aware of the important role of politicians, the
media, and the public in the formulation, acceptance and implementation
of traffic improvements.
served as the major catalyst for developing forums for traffic
engineering in the southeastern United States.
He was a founding member of the Southern Safety Association the
predecessor to the Southern Section of ITE.
Herman’s support of ITE and its sections is a major
contributor to ITE’s success in the southeast.
He was dedicated to the transportation profession as evidenced by
his active membership in and service to ITE for the past 55
He served on numerous committees and was elected by his peers to
president of the Southern Section and to Director on the International
ITE’s Southern District established the Herman J.
Hoose Distinguished Service Award in 1972 in recognition of his many
years of exemplary service.
In 1986, Herman was presented with the Theodore M. Matson
Memorial Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the
field of traffic engineering.
Herman served on the National Joint Committee of Uniform Traffic
we congratulate Herman on his many years of service to the citizens of
the City of Charlotte; Ft. Wayne, Toledo-Lucas County, Ohio; to the US.
Corps of Engineers during World War II; and
to his fellow transportation professionals around the world.
We have all benefited from your tenacity, pioneering efforts,
innovation, mentoring, and dedicated service.
Many of us have had the fortune to enjoy your stories, your
humor, and your warm friendship. We also recognize your supporting
partner in life who has stood beside your for these many years.
Edna Mae, thank you for sharing Herman with ITE’s
family for these many years and for your active participation in the