Thomas H. Sherman Jr., 78, career naval officer

April 06, 2004

Thomas Hanson Sherman Jr., a retired career naval officer and former Baltimore resident, died of complications from a stroke March 30 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. He was 78.

Captain Sherman was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park. He was a 1944 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and enlisted in the Navy, serving for two years before entering the Naval Academy in 1946.

After graduating from the academy in 1950, he attended the Naval Post-Graduate School in Monterey, Calif., and Harvard University. He later earned a master's degree at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

Captain Sherman's commands included the USS Barbet, a minesweeper, and destroyers USS Barry and McCloy. He later served as commodore of the destroyer group and participated in several anti-submarine warfare projects at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory In Washington.

After retiring as a Navy captain in 1978, he served as a consultant to several research companies and was a senior analyst in London for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. During the 1980s, he was technical manager for the hydrofoil program at the Navy's old David Taylor Research Laboratory in Annapolis.

The former Bethesda resident had lived in Cambridge since 2000. Interested in literacy, he was an active volunteer with Friends of the Dorchester Library.

Captain Sherman was a communicant of Christ Episcopal Church in Cambridge, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 17.

He is survived by his wife of 12 years, the former Nylene Leonhardi; two sons, Thomas H. Sherman III of Galveston, Texas, and Louis Sherman of Baltimore; a daughter, Susan Sherman of Cambridge; three stepsons, David Singlestad of Cambridge, Peter Singlestad of Orinda, Calif., and John Singlestad of Washington; a sister, Lucille Hunter of Denton; and five grandchildren. His marriage to the former Patricia Collins ended in divorce.

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