Elizabeth Brown Sherrill, 78, was family physician

July 16, 1996|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Elizabeth Brown Sherrill, who made house calls on horseback as a country doctor in Cockeysville and later specialized in physical rehabilitation, will be remembered in a memorial service today.

Dr. Sherrill, 78, who died July 4 of Alzheimer's disease at the Pikesville Nursing and Convalescent Center, donated her body for medical research.

She was the first female family physician in Baltimore County, and made house calls until her retirement in 1983, said a son, Robert Cole Clement of Louisville.

"She did make house calls until she retired," he said. "Numerous times, she would accept vegetables as payment. She was an old country doctor."

Dr. Sherrill donated her instruments and records to the Baltimore County Medical Association, which put them on display in its Towson office. She also served as an association president and was a member of the American Medical Association and the Medical and Chirurgical Society of Maryland.

DTC "She was a wonderful human being and a very good physician," said Jessica L. Brown, former director of the Baltimore County Medical Association.

Elizabeth Brown Sherrill was born in Virginia in 1917, but moved as a child to Sparks, where her family owned Sunburst Farm on York Road, now a development site.

After Sparks School, Dr. Sherrill earned her undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Maryland, then trained at the Women's Hospital in Albany.

She operated a family practice for many years from a house at York and Shawan roads where an Exxon gasoline station recently opened, Mr. Clement said.

She later lived in Ruxton and Monkton, where she was practicing at the time of her retirement in 1983.

Dr. Sherrill maintained a family medical practice for most of her life, he said, but during the 1960s she worked full time at Montebello State Hospital as a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist.

One of her patients was Joni Eareckson, a young diver who became an artist by painting with her teeth after an accident left her a quadriplegic. Ms. Eareckson also became a singer and head of a Christian ministry for the disabled. Dr. Sherrill and a fellow doctor were combined into one character in a movie about Ms. Eareckson.

Dr. Sherrill also was a staff physician at Keswick Home in Baltimore, and at the Bonnie Blink Masonic Home of Maryland in Hunt Valley during the 1950s and 1960s.

During the 1970s, she served as physician to Dulaney High School's football team.

She also was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Dr. Sherrill loved horses and sometimes relied upon them to reach her patients, her son said.

"When she first started practice, it was on horseback. It was the only way she could get up those hills during the snow."

She was married during the 1950s to Robert Earl Clement, whom she divorced many years ago.

In addition to her son Robert, Dr. Sherrill is survived by a son, Thomas Earl Clement of York, Pa.; two sisters, Lillian Holland of Cockeysville and Freelove Locke of Magnolia, Del.; and by four ++ grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Ashland Presbyterian Church, 118 Ashland Road in Cockeysville.

Memorial donations may be made to a scholarship in her name: The Elizabeth B. Sherrill M.D. Nursing Scholarship Fund of the Baltimore County Medical Association Inc., 606 Baltimore Ave. Suite 210, Towson 21204.

Pub Date: 7/16/96

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