Paul Hertzler — Founder (1924–1994)
(The following tribute was written shortly after Paul Hertzler’s death in August, 1994.)
Readers who shared with me the pleasure of knowing Paul Hertzler will understand that I can’t pay fair tribute to the man in such a short space. They may even wonder why I try because Paul’s life, after all, spoke for itself. Paul did not clutter the world with unnecessary words. But I don’t write for those who knew Paul — I write so that those who never met him might get a sense of the stature of the man who founded our business.
In a day when many are rediscovering “core values,” Paul’s life epitomized integrity, fairness, simplicity, plainness of speech and clarity of thought. He didn’t have a greedy or devious bone in his body. When he made a promise, he kept it. If he spoke, you knew it was the truth. He was humble, almost to a fault.
Paul disliked small talk, but he was a great conversationalist. He listened well, and never avoided taking a firm stand on truly important issues. He always expressed himself clearly. Many times our long conversations rambled and explored the back roads of the issue at hand.
It was a privilege to know and work with Paul over the last decade. I trust that as you do business with us today you’ll experience something of the legacy he left on the company that bears his name.
Evan J. Miller