Honoring legendary new dealer National Guard naming a dorm for Sherman


Maryland officials July 27 are to dedicate a Maryland National Guard dormitory in memory of Abe Sherman, a legendary Baltimore news dealer who served in both world wars.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer is to join military officials at the Guard's Montrose Reservation at 13700 Hanover Road, north of Reisterstown, for the dedication of Abe Sherman Hall. The ceremony is set for 11 a.m.

Sherman, a gruff but warmhearted man whose newsstand was famed for its stock of newspapers and magazines from around the world, died of cancer in 1987.

Customers fondly remember Sherman as a sharp-tongued vendor who banned browsers, telling them to go to the library if they wanted to read for free. But he would also spend time helping customers find a particular newspaper or other publication.

Sherman, who was often called the stripeless sergeant because he refused promotions, was a modest man who only grudgingly accepted military honors. He won the Silver Star at Normandy in World War II just before he turned 50.

Sherman served with Maryland's 29th Division in both world wars.

"People make great cities, and Abe Sherman was one of the people who made Baltimore what it is today," Schaefer said when Sherman died. "He was an institution who added to the city's liveliness, color, personality and character. He'll be missed."

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