Sherman to Receive Sertoma Award
"Sherman to Receive Sertoma Award." Grand Forks Herald,
1 April 2003, 2B.
The Reverend William C. Sherman will receive the Service to Mankind
Award from the Greater Grand Forks Sertoma Club today, recognizing
him for his efforts to make our community, state and world a better
place to live.
Sherman was born in Detroit in 1927. He attended elementary school
in Oregon and high school in North Carolina, Lidgerwood and Hankinson,
North Dakota. He was in the U.S. Army serving in the Pacific front
at the end of World War II. He attended St. John's University in
Minnesota for both his undergraduate work and the seminary for his
religious training. He was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1955
at the age of 28.
He attended UND, where he received his master's degree in sociology.
During his time at UND, he taught religion classes and was involved
with the Newman Center. He taught sociology classes at North Dakota
State University in Fargo until two years ago and is a professor
emeritus at NDSU.
Sherman has written or has participated in writing several books
about the sociological aspects of many groups in North Dakota and
the Northern Plains. His books include "Plains Talks,"
a history of ethnic groups in North Dakota; "Prairie Mosaic,"
an ethnic atlas of North Dakota; "African-Americans in North
Dakota" and "Prairie Peddlers," a study of people
with Arabic backgrounds in North Dakota. He is working on "German
Russian Housing in North Dakota" and "Priest in the Polish
Underground during World War II."
Sherman has been the national chaplain for the Veterans of Foreign
Wars. He is active in the American Legion, the Ukrainian Institute,
the Sons of Norway, the Red River Danes and the Lake Agazzi Swedes.
He is on the board of the North Dakota Humanities Council and has
taken an active role in encouraging the development of the Christmas
Eve Dinner at St. Mike's in the 26 years he has been a priest.
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