In Memoriam: John Sherman, Leading Advocate for NABR and Biomedical Research

John F. Sherman, PhD, died June 28 at his home in Washington, DC. Dr. Sherman was the driving force behind the 1985 consolidation of the forty-year old National Society for Medical Research (NSMR) and the Association for Biomedical Research (ABR), founded in 1979. In order to better influence national animal research policy, he worked with ABR President Frankie Trull and both governing boards to bring the two organizations together as the National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR). A tireless advocate for biomedical research, as well as NABR and the responsible use of research animals, in 1983 Dr. Sherman was a founder of the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research Funding, an effective coalition that continues to work for adequate research funding until the present day. His career began as a research pharmacologist in 1953 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he ultimately served as Deputy Director and Acting Director. He then became a vice president for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) from 1974 to 1990, and subsequently a special consultant.

The AAMC Special Recognition Award stated Dr. Sherman "was widely recognized as an unfailing friend of the biomedical research community throughout his distinguished career. To say that advances in biomedical research in the United States are due, in no small part, to his vigilant and consistent efforts is not an overstatement; indeed, generations of scientists have Dr. Sherman to thank for keeping the funding of biomedical research a critical issue on the agenda of national decision-makers. The respect and honors given to Dr. Sherman over the years are a testament to his enduring contributions to his most cherished cause - biomedical research.” NABR echoed these sentiments when recognizing Dr. Sherman’s strong support for animal research with the Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.