St. Xavier honors alumnus at gala

William J. Sherman, Jr. received the St. Francis Xavier Award at St. Xavier High School’s fifth annual “Legacy … A Gala of Giving” held Feb. 28.

The St. Francis Xavier Award “recognizes an individual who, in the spirit of St. Francis Xavier, dedicates him or herself to the betterment of life by endorsing an educational process that integrates rigors of academic excellence with the light and guidance of divine light,” a news release from the school said.

Sherman, a 1954 St. Xavier graduate, was recognized for his many years of service and dedication to the school and community, the release said.

He is the retired president and chief executive officer of Sherman Bros. Mill Supply, Inc. He served as first lieutenant, artillery platoon commander with the United States Marine Corps.

He has served in volunteer roles with numerous organization including, Junior Achievement, Service Corps of Retired Executives and Rotary International.

At his parish of St. Frances of Rome, Sherman has served on the parish council, as a parish leader for the Catholic Services Appeal and the parish picnic.

He is married to Thelma Sherman. He has two daughters, two step-sons and two grandchildren.

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