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September 21, 1927 - June 9, 2015 Harry R. Sherman loving husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully on June 5 at his home in Lake Arrowhead home surrounded by his family, loyal dog Coco, and devoted health care giver, Jim Lyons. His beloved wife Gretchen, pre-deceased him in December 2014. Harry was born in Los Angeles to William & Margaret Sherman, September 21, 1927. He attended John Marshall High School. After two years in military service at the end of WWII, he returned to UCLA, graduating in 1951. He was active in student government & affairs, and a member of Theta Xi Fraternity. He majored in International Affairs, but through many people he met as supporters of UCLA, he ended up in the entertainment industry. Starting in the mail room at MCA (Agency), he moved to the Directors' Guild of America, mentored by Joseph C Youngerman. He worked his way up as a member of the Guild, producing for over 30 years. He was awarded 3 consecutive Emmy Awards in 1976, 1977 and 1978 for ELEANOR & FRANKLIN, ELEANOR & FRANKLIN: THE WHITE HOUSE YEARS, and THE GATHERING. Additionally, ELEANOR & FRANKLIN won the George Foster Peabody Award for Television Excellence, the GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD of the Foreign Press Association and the San Francisco Film Award for television. He was Associate Producer on THE GET SMART series and Assistant Director on LILLIES OF THE FIELD. Harry produced over fifty mini-series, specials and movies of the week. After retiring in 1999, he & wife Gretchen moved to Lake Arrowhead, California. Harry became active in Lake Arrowhead Rotary, Arrowhead Lake Association, Mountain Literacy Board, the Mountain Community Hospital Foundation, and the UCLA Mountain Bruins Association. Harry was well known in the community and generously gave his time and ability to a variety of community organizations. He considered friends and family one of his greatest gifts. In 2013, Harry received the Lake Arrowhead Chamber Citizen of the Year Award. Harry is survived by his son, Greg; daughter Allyson (Michael), twin grandchildren, Kyle and Rachel, brother William R. Sherman, niece Wendy Wilmer (Richard), nephews Mark and Arthur Rubins. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, Rotary Foundation of Lake Arrowhead, Mountain Community Hospital Foundation, or the Boys and Girls Club of the Mountain Community. A Celebration of Life will be held in July.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 22 to June 24, 2015
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