William B. Sherman II, W.R. Grace chemist and longtime Towson resident, dies

William B. Sherman II, a retired W.R. Grace & Co. quality engineer and systems manager who enjoyed the outdoors, died of pancreatic cancer Tuesday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 66.

The son of William Bidwell Sherman, an Army master sergeant, and Erra Long Sherman, a homemaker, William Bidwell Sherman II was born in Washington and raised in Frederick.

He graduated in 1966 from Gov. Thomas Johnson High School.

Mr. Sherman, who was known as Bill, was a 1973 honors graduate of Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va., where he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry.

In 1986, he earned a master's degree in science administration from George Washington University.

He began his career in 1974 as a chemical analyst for W.R. Grace & Co., and was subsequently named assistant laboratory manager, chief chemist and quality engineer and systems manager. He retired last year.

One of the highlights of his 42-year career with the company was being sent to Kuantan, Malaysia, for three months to open a new laboratory.

"With 15-foot monitor lizards crossing the roads and wild boar roaming the jungle, it was quite the exotic location," said his wife of 37 years, Susan L. Pennington, owner of Susquehanna Yoga & Meditation Center in Timonium.

A longtime resident of the Southland Hills neighborhood of Towson, Mr. Sherman was a supporter of the National Parks and was an active member of the Greening of Towson Committee and the Adopt-A-Road program.

He enjoyed playing golf, hiking and biking. He also liked cars, classic Hollywood films, fine food, music and yoga.

For more than 27 years, he and his wife tended various neighborhood gardens. They were also both members of the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Atlantic Coast Athletic Club in Timonium.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. April 29 at Susquehanna Yoga & Meditation Center, 12 W. Aylesbury Road, Timonium.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a brother, Sherrard Sherman of Maryland; and three sisters, June Green of Mount Grove, Mo., Judith Hurst of Longboat Key, Fla., and Roberta Bogash of Newville, Pa.

—Frederick N. Rasmussen

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