|Susan R. Sherman
the Loss of Susan Sherman
Nationally known gerontologist Susan
R. Sherman, 64, died on June 3 of cancer. Until
her retirement in 2003, Sherman was a distinguished
service professor in the School of Social Welfare
and the School of Public Health, as well as a
faculty research associate of the University at
Albany’s Institute of Gerontology, of which she
was a founder and former director. She previously
served as dean of the School of Social Welfare,
was thesis adviser to about 15 Ph.D. students,
and chaired the undergraduate program in social
work for five years. She taught at the School
of Social Welfare for more than 25 years.
Born in New York City and raised in Chicago,
Sherman was the daughter of the late Lester and
Louise Roth. She is survived by her husband of
40 years, Professor of Mathematics Malcolm J.
Sherman; by her children, Michael J. Sherman of
Washington, D.C., and Drs. Barbara and David Edelheit
of Glastonbury, Conn.; by her sister, mother-in-law,
and two grandchildren.
Sherman had served as president and treasurer
of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
and as president of the New York State Society
on Aging. Intergenerational relationships, social
and psychological aspects of housing options,
adult foster care, and age and gender identity
were among her research interests.
Sherman was a Collins Fellow of the University
at Albany, and previously served as president
of the Phi Beta Kappa chapter. She served on the
advisory board of the University’s Center for
Jewish Studies, and on the Albany Collegiate Interfaith
Center board of directors.
Services at Temple Israel, 600 New Scotland Ave.,
Albany, will be Sunday, June 6, at 2 p.m. Shivah
will be observed at her home on Parkwood Street
in Guilderland. Calling hours are 6:30 to 8:30
This spring, Sherman established the Susan R.
Sherman Endowed Fund for the Internships in Aging
Project. Annually, the endowment will provide
a partial stipend for a field placement at Albany
Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York
for a second-year student participating in the
school’s Internships in Aging Project (IAP), which
prepares MSW professionals for leadership roles
in mental health, health, and social services
for older persons.
Memorial contributions (all of which can be mailed
care of the University at Albany School of Social
Welfare) may be made to the Center for Jewish
Studies or the Susan Sherman Endowed Fund at the
University at Albany. Checks for either fund,
payable to The University at Albany Foundation,
may be mailed to the School of Social Welfare
(RI 120), 135 Western Ave., Albany., N.Y., 12222.
Please indicate in the memo section the name of
the fund to which your contribution should be