DALLAS, Texas —
Zalmon Omar “Bill” Sherwood, M.D., died at home in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, April 20, 2012.
Born May 13, 1922, in Geneva, Ohio, he was the son of Della Gertrude Owen and Dr. Zalmon Omar Sherwood Sr. Bill Sherwood graduated from Geneva High School in 1940 and received both his bachelor’s and his medical degrees from Western Reserve University, now Case Western Reserve University. There he met Janet Ann Young, to whom he was married for 54 years until her death in 2001.
After service in the U.S. Air Force medical corps at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, he continued his specialty training in Cleveland and was board certified as a general surgeon. Like his father before him, in 1953 he opened a private practice to serve his hometown and worked throughout his professional life with his colleagues to recruit additional qualified doctors to the community and to build the resources of what was then Geneva Memorial Hospital.
He served on the board of the hospital and the Vestry of Christ Episcopal Church, and was a member of the Ashtabula County Medical Society, Geneva Rotary, Madison Country Club and the Ohio Chapter of the S.A.R.
Bill retired in 1982 at the age of 60 and he and Janet moved to North Carolina to pursue their other two passions: golf and bridge. A Silver Life Master, he played duplicate bridge several times a week throughout his retirement, adding Master points until about four months ago. He moved to Sarasota, Fla., in 2002, and then two years ago, to Dallas.
He is survived by his children: Ann Sherwood Sentilles and her husband, Irwin, Patricia Sherwood Smith and Dorothy Sherwood, M.D., and her husband, Sudeep Burman, M.D., all of Dallas and Zalmon Omar “Zal” Sherwood Jr. of Sarasota; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his niece and nephew and their families; and his special friend and grand-niece, Katie Stanek. His sister, Elizabeth Sherwood Cowan, predeceased him.
A Private Memorial Service was held in Dallas.
The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to the former Geneva Memorial Hospital, now UH – Geneva Medical Center, 870 Main St., Geneva, Ohio 44041.
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