Labor Law Expert Herbert Sherman Traveled for Work, Pleasure
Stouffer, Rick, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Herbert Sherman combined love for his family, the practice of law and travel into a long and varied life.
A native of Rhode Island, Mr. Sherman moved to Pittsburgh, where he became a well-known law professor, labor arbitrator and author. But family came first.
Herbert L. Sherman Jr., 87, of Littleton, Colo., died Friday, May 14, 2010.
He graduated from Brown University in 1944 and received his law degree from Harvard University in 1948.
He moved to Pittsburgh that year, beginning a 37-year career of teaching personal injury law, labor law and labor arbitration at the University of Pittsburgh. He taught industrial relations for 16 years in Pitt's Graduate School of Business. In 1984, he received the Chancellor's Award for distinguished teaching.
The university schedule allowed for memorable travel for his family.
"Dad had four months off every year because Pitt was on trimesters," said older son David, a lawyer in Petaluma, Calif. "We went everywhere -- on freighters, on passenger liners. And Dad never went on the tours the ships had. He would take us out to other places. Many times, some of the other passengers said they'd pay him to take them out because we were having more fun."
William Sherman of Centennial, Colo, Mr. Sherman's younger son, recalled a monthlong around-the world trip in 1961.
"It was an incredible experience for a young boy," he said.
Mr. Sherman was a visiting law professor at five other law schools, including Duquesne, the universities of Florida, Texas and Minnesota, and the William Mitchell College of Law in St. …