Allen Sherzer Dies At 71
Former 'U' Teacher Was Pilot
Allen F. Sherzer, 71, former professor of mechanical engineering at the University and widely known traveller-private pilot-photographer, died suddenly this morning at his home, 1213 Ferdon Rd.
Since his resignation from the U-M faculty in 1946 he had operated the Sherzer Pump Co. here and acted as an engineering consultant. He had travelled extensively, much of the time piloting his own airplane, and made many motion pictures of his travels which he frequently showed to local audiences.
Prof. Sherzer was born on Dec. 12, 1890, in Houghton, Mich., the son of William H. and Maude Jerome Sherzer, and that same year moved to Ann Arbor, where his father taught geology at the University.
In 1892 the family moved to Ypsilanti, where William Sherzer joined the natural science faculty of Michigan State Normal College. He retired as professor and head of the natural science department there shortly before his death in 1932.
Prof. Sherzer's mother was a cousin of Sir Winston Churchill.
After graduation from Ypsilanti Central High School in 1908, Prof. Sherzer attended Michigan State Normal College for two years and then enrolled in the U-M College of Engineering, from which he received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering degree in 1913.
For the next three years Prof. Sherzer held a number of different jobs in the Upper Peninsula and Canada, most of them involving work on hydro-electric power projects. In 1916 he went to Oswego, N. Y., to join the Kingston Foundry and Machine Co.
He served in the field artillery during World War I, returning to Kingston in 1919. The following year he came back to Ann Arbor as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University, and had lived here since.
He was promoted to associate professor in 1924 and to full professor in 1931.
During the 1930's Prof. Sherzer made several trips to the Hudson's Bay country and the Arctic and became an authority on that region. In 1946. shortly after his retirement from the U-M, he learned to fly and from then on was an enthusiastic private pilot, using his own plane in many of his travels.
Prof. Sherzer was married Oct. 19, 1916, to the former Margaret Hassett of Sault Ste. Marie. She survives, as do two sons, the Rev. Fr. William J. Sherzer of Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit and John A. Sherzer of Ann Arbor. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and two sisters, Miss Josephine Sherzer of New York City and Mrs. Charles R. Lamb of Ypsilanti.
Prof. Sherzer was a member of a number of professional and scientific societies and organizations, and two years ago was initiated into Tau Beta Pi, honorary engineering fraternity.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Muehlig Chapel, with burial to follow in St. Thomas Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel from Tuesday noon until the hour of the services.
Allen Sherzer Dies At 71