Deceased February 15, 2019
A Facebook posting from a California friend, perhaps a first for our class, alerted us to the death of John C. “Jack” Sherman on Feb. 15.
Jack came to Amherst from Mamaroneck (N.Y.) High School and was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He became associate editor of the Amherst Student and was a member of the Debating Society and Delta Sigma Rho. His major was political science. He was a good student and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Following graduation, Jack served three years as a navigator in the U.S. Air Force with the Eighth Squadron, 62nd troop carrier wing at Larson Air Force Base, Moses Lake, Wash. He married Elinor Hafstad in 1957. In 1959, he received his M.B.A. from Harvard.
Jack was employed for 32 years by Transamerica Corp. in a number of roles after short stops at Union Oil Co. and Security Pacific Bank, rising to president and director of Transamerica Investment.
Jack was predeceased by Elinor and one grandson. He is survived by his four children, Kenneth (Mi Kyong), a special education teacher; Tinka (Gary Crosby), a registrar at the University of Denver; Kristy (Kevin Colaco), a businesswoman; and Tod (Michelle) in government in Minnesota. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Jack’s interests included Civil War history and World War II history and collectibles. He served as president of the Los Angeles Society of Financial Analysts during his time at Transamerica.
Friends remember him as a happy person with a big smile on his face and so very proud of his family. He is reputed to have traced up to 1,500 members of his family through ancestry.com dating back to the 1500s.
Hank Tulgan ’54