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based in Rome for five years in the politi-

cal section.

In the course of his official duties in

Washington, D.C., in the late 1960s, Mr.

Sherman traveled overseas frequently

with President Lyndon Johnson and Vice

President Hubert Humphrey.

In 1981, Mr. Sherman was assigned to

the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in

New York where he served, with ambas-

sadorial rank, as deputy U.S. representa-

tive on the Security Council. In 1984 he

returned to Washington for a two-year

assignment as deputy assistant secretary

of State for East Asian and Pacific affairs.

The Japanese government conferred

an official decoration on Ambassador

Sherman in recognition of his myriad

contributions in fostering U.S.-Japan

understanding and friendship.

After retiring from the Foreign Service

in 1986, he served for eight years as dip-

lomat-in-residence at the Johns Hopkins

University School of Advanced Interna-

tional Studies, where he taught graduate

students, consulted for both private and

government organizations and wrote and

lectured on world affairs.

Colleagues cite Ambassador Sherman

as the finest Japan expert of his genera-

tion. Friends and family members fondly

remember his breadth of interests, flaw-

less memory and surpassing decency.

The latter, they recall, made a profound

impression on all who were privileged to

know him.

Amb. Sherman is survived by a

daughter, Courtney Simon of New York,

N.Y.; a son, Woodson Sherman of Char-

lottesville, Va.; a son, John Sherman of

Columbus, Ohio; four grandchildren; and

five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be sent

to the Virginia Institute of Autism, Adult

Services, in Charlottesville, Va. (www.