Former JFS Recipient
Portrait of Alan at the Alhambra by Silvi Herrick, Alan's sister and scholarship recipient 1991-1993
A Compassionate Leader and Creative Spirit
Alan Herrick earned a bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University and a Master of Fine Arts in Film from the California College of Arts and Crafts. Alan won "All American" in swimming and was co-captain of his water polo team in high school and college. Extremely talented, he excelled at writing, athletics and film making. Alan was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and had ambitions as a film maker. He showed deep compassion and understanding for others. Alan relished the joys of life, living it to the fullest.
"Alan did all the things normal kids do, but he was a caring person, he was very good to the underdog," recalls Alan's mother, Maie Herrick. "He always strived to be a good human being. He did not try to hold the limelight; he always showed great sportsmanship. He would go out of his way to make people feel comfortable and included. His kind heart led him to help others feel special and accepted."
"When he caught hold of his interests, he found enormous strength in them—he loved that. He found strength not only in athletics but in his creative side as well. He was a great writer of film and poetry," remembers his father Tracy Herrick. Tracy worked as Jefferies' Chief Economist and was a Director for 24 years.
When Alan was killed tragically in a car accident in May of 1995. Alan's parents made a large donation to the Jefferies Family Scholarship program in his memory, and Jefferies created the Alan Herrick Award, to be given each year to the applicant who best exhibits Alan's qualities.