Miriam `Mimi' Sherman, 81, real estate agent

August 30, 2005

Miriam "Mimi" Sherman, a real estate sales agent who sold condominium units, died of a hemorrhagic stroke yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Tuscany-Canterbury resident was 81.

Born Miriam Heller in Baltimore and raised in the Pimlico area, she was a 1941 graduate of Western High School.

After working in the old Hub department store's advertising department, she became a secretary to a general stationed at a Marine base at Quantico, Va., during World War II. She moved to San Francisco, became executive assistant to the director of the Office of War Information's Japan division and attended the founding conference and signing of the United Nations charter in 1945.

In the 1950s, Mrs. Sherman was active in the Baltimore civil rights movement and worked for open-housing causes.

After raising a family and moving to Columbia in the 1960s, Mrs. Sherman became director of community relations for the Columbia Association. Her husband, Malcolm Sherman, played a role in the development of Columbia as vice president of sales and marketing for the Rouse Co.

After residing in Atlanta in the late 1970s, the couple returned to Baltimore and Mrs. Sherman became a real estate agent for Hill & Co. at its Village of Cross Keys office. Colleagues said she handled numerous condominium transactions and was known as "the condo queen."

She was active in charities related to the homeless and public libraries. While living at the Colonnade, she founded a small lending library at the condominium.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Sol Levinson and Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

In addition to her husband of nearly 62 years, survivors include two daughters, Andrea Sherman of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and Wendy R. Sherman of Bethesda; two brothers, Jay Heller of Los Angeles and Lou Heller of Boynton Beach, Fla.; a sister, Jeannette Fedder of Pikesville; and two grandchildren. A son, Douglas Sherman, died in 1981.

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