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Obituaries

Esther Allweiss Ingber
Contributing Writer

St. Louis, staying 20 years. Dr.
Sherman's secretary/researcher
Virginia Johnson later collaborated
r. Alfred I. Sherman trained with his gynecology colleague Dr.
William Masters to write the 1966
almost an entire genera-
bestseller Human Sexual Response.
tion of OB-GYN physicians
While in St. Louis,
while heading the
Dr. Sherman developed
obstetrics-gynecology
an early pregnancy test,
department at the for-
using frog cells. At age
mer Sinai Hospital in
28, he developed a new
Detroit.
approach to cure cancer
He became a doctor
with injections of radio-
somewhat by chance.
active gold.
As son Marty Sherman
In 1967, Dr. Sherman
tells it, "Dad went
joined Wayne State
by the University of
University (WSU) School
Toronto and a sign
Dr. Alfred S herman
of Medicine as a profes-
said they were accept-
c. 1970
sor of OB-GYN and was
ing applications that
named chairman of the
day. He went to the
department at Sinai.
registrar's office, and they said, 'The
He obtained a Ph.D. in repro-
only opening left is for medicine:
ductive physiology at age 54 from
And Dad said, 'I'll take it!"'
WSU and was a founding fellow
It worked out well because Dr.
Sherman loved medicine — he even of the Society of Gynecological
Oncologists, his professional spe-
capably performed a four-hour
cialty. An author of more than
surgery on the day before his retire-
ment at age 85. "I don't work; I have 200 articles and four books, Dr.
Sherman wrote one of the earliest
fun: is what he told his three kids.
textbooks on cancer of the female
Dr. Sherman, 91, of Southfield,
reproductive organs. During the
died Aug. 25, 2012. Officiating at
1960s, he pioneered applying a laser
his funeral service at Dorfman
in gynecological surgery.
Chapel in Farmington Hills were
When Dr. Sherman left his Sinai
Rabbi Harold Loss and Cantorial
post in 1975, he went into private
Soloist Neil Michaels of Temple
practice and continued teach-
Israel in West Bloomfield, the fam-
ing, lecturing and writing. He
ily's congregation.
spent years as camp doctor at the
Born Sept. 24, 1920, in Canada,
Conservative Movement's Camp
Alfred was the oldest of four chil-
Ramah in Wisconsin.
dren of Archie and Pearl Sherman,
Merle Schwartz says her father
originally from Poland. Archie had
seamlessly conducted two different
a tailoring business, "and that's how
lives: widely respected by his medi-
our father learned to do stitches
cal colleagues but equally dedicated
— by working in the store," said
to his family.
daughter Merle Schwartz.
"He was home for dinner every
Following a hospital residency
night and put us to bed," recalled
in Hamilton, Ontario, Dr. Sherman
Merle. "But then he was back to
served in the Royal Canadian
work, writing books and articles
Air Force. His training in urol-
and doing research.
ogy proved useful for lecturing
"We never saw him do this stuff:
the servicemen about safe sex. He
she said. "He never talked about
distributed kits to prevent venereal
how well-known he was in his pro-
diseases.
The doctor wore his captain's uni- fession. He'd just be on the floor
playing with us."
form at his June 25, 1944, wedding
Dr. Sherman enjoyed traveling,
to Sandra Barenberg, a nurse he'd
especially with his family, and was
met on a blind date.
a frequently honored, in-demand
Anti-Semitism in Canada hurt
speaker around the world. The
Dr. Sherman professionally. After
proud zaydie delighted each grand-
a year's training in pathology in
child turning 8 with a trip to wher-
Rochester, N.Y., he followed his
ever he was speaking.
mentor, Dr. Willard Allen, to
Another unique tradition is that
Washington University Medical
the doctor, a trained mohel, circum-
School and Barnes Hospital in

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