In Memoriam: Roger Sherman

April 8, 2010 — Roger Sherman, emeritus professor of economics at the University of Virginia, died on Feb. 18 after a short illness. He was a noted scholar in the fields of market regulation, anti-trust and industrial organization.

Sherman taught at U.Va. from 1965 until 2000. He was chairman of the economics department from 1982 until 1990 and was the Brown-Forman Professor of Economics from 1982 until he retired. As department chair, he supported the early use of computer technology in economic research.

Sherman joined the economics department at the University of Houston and taught there until he retired once again in 2007. He subsequently continued to teach, most recently at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008.

Born in 1930, he served as a naval officer from 1952 until 1956, and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1959. In 1966, he graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Ph.D. in economics.

Over his long career, Sherman wrote several books and numerous scholarly articles published in academic journals. Among other accomplishments, he was noted for testing economic principles through experimental methodology. His most recent book, "Market Regulation," published in 2008, is one of the leading textbooks in the field.

An adviser to state and federal agencies, he worked with the Civil Service Commission, the Council of Economic Advisors, the United States Postal Rate Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, among others.

He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Szott Moohr; a son, Randall; and his former wife, Charlotte.

A memorial gathering will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. April 9 in Monroe Hall, room 120, at the University of Virginia.

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