Sherwin M. Adelman, health economist

Sherwin M. Adelman, a retired U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health economist and strategist, died Feb. 4 from complications of dementia and heart failure at Sunrise Senior and Assisted-Living of McLean, Va.

The longtime Pigtown resident was 77.

Born and raised in Chicago, Sherwin Mark Adelman was 17 when he enlisted in the Army. He later earned his General Educational Development diploma.

Discharged in 1954 from the Army, where he had been a cook, Mr. Adelman earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1959 and a master's degree in government in 1965, both from Southern Illinois University.

Mr. Adelman began working in Washington in 1971 for the General Services Administration and later joined the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where he was a health economist and strategist overseeing the nation's 45 veterans hospitals.

During his career, he worked in Washington, Pittsburgh and Baltimore before retiring in 2001.

He volunteered with the Red Cross and was active in his Pigtown community.

Mr. Adelman enjoyed reading and was a gourmet cook. He was also an avid Washington Redskins, Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals fan, and liked visiting beaches at Ocean City and Jamaica.

His wife of 29 years, the former Patricia Davis, died in 2006.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. March 9 at Money & King Funeral Home, 171 Maple Ave. West, Vienna, Va.

Surviving are four daughters, Susan A. Foster of Vienna, Va., Lisa Revilla of Charlotte, N.C., Kristen Loesel of Denver and Karen Trubisky of Dallas; a sister, Marlene Chihoski of Chicago; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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