Sunday, April 19, 2015

Elton Sherman, Dorothy (Taylor) Sherman Pass Away

     Dorothy Lee Sherman (née Taylor) passed away on March 28, 2015 at the age of 85.
    Elton Newman Sherman passed away on October 9, 2013 at the age of 83.
    Dorothy and Elton, known as Dottie and Sherm to family and friends, were married for 56 years and survived by four children and their spouses, Scott (Amy) Sherman, Todd (Coco) Sherman, Vanessa (Joseph) DeVittorio and Stacy (Timothy) Gavin as well as eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
    Dottie was born September 18, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan, to Dorothy L. Taylor and Richard H. Taylor. After graduating from Highland Park High School, she began flying throughout the United States as a stewardess for American and later Continental Airlines. In her late 20s, Dottie became a homemaker and mother. Inspired by Betty Friedan's "The Feminist Mystique," Dottie returned to college and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Framingham State College and a Master of Library Science from California State University Fullerton. Later, following her passions, Dottie earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University. From 1979 to her retirement in 1994, Dottie was corporate librarian and department director at American Nuclear Insurers. Between degrees and motherhood, Dottie somehow found the time to march for the Equal Rights Amendment. When not on an adventure with Sherm, Dottie could always be found endlessly reading newspapers and magazines, making copious notes in her nearly illegible handwriting. She was a joyous advocate of the good life, often happily indulging in chocolate cake for breakfast (and encouraging her grandchildren to do the same).
   Born April 16, 1930 in Flint, Michigan to Harry and Hannah Sherman, Sherm grew up in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, California. He joined the United States Coast Guard after high school and was stationed in the South Pacific and eastern United States. Thanks to his work in the electronics, defense and computer industries at companies like Defense Electronics Inc., Conrac Inc., Raytheon and United Technologies, Sherm travelled extensively throughout Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa, but his favorite country to visit always remained Germany. In retirement, Sherm continued to consult on defense and intelligence technologies. An accomplished ham radio operator and a formidable poker player, Sherm pursued many hobbies, including skiing, camping and mountaineering, building computers and working on sports cars. He was an avid collector of antiques and rare books. However, Sherm's favorite hobby remained his devotion to always reminding his grandchildren how much he loved them. Prior to moving to Davidsonville, Maryland in 2010, Dottie and Sherm lived for 32 years in Woodbridge, Connecticut. Over the course of their marriage, they lived in California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Virginia, New Jersey, and Germany.
    The family would like to express sincere gratitude to Hospice of the Chesapeake whose dedication and care for Dottie and Sherm were a blessing to the entire family and enabled Dottie and Sherm to remain at home to enjoy family, Bend (the family's Bernese Mountain Dog) and surrounding woods and gardens. Contributions in honor of Dottie and Sherm can be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake ( located in Pasadena, Maryland.
    There will be a private celebration in honor of the lives of Dottie and Sherm on June 6, 2015.

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