Samuel Sherer

June 17, 1944January 18, 2021
Samuel Ayers Sherer of Washington, DC and Bethesda, MD, 76, died on January 18, 2021 at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, MD. Mr. Sherer was born on June 17, 1944, in Warwick, NY, the son of Helen Ayers Sherer and Ernest Thompson Sherer. He grew up in Fair Lawn, NJ and graduated from Fair Lawn High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and graduate degrees from Harvard Law School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As an international attorney and land use planner, Mr. Sherer was active in a wide range of policy studies and initiatives from land use planning and minority business development to climate issues. He worked at the Institute for Community and Liberty, developed infrastructure in Jakarta, Indonesia, helped codify the Egyptian Housing Code, and made major contributions in over two dozen countries. He was a partner in the Washington, DC law firm of Topping, Sherer and Mitchell from 1977 to 1986. He was instrumental in the founding of The Climate Institute in Washington, DC, where he served from 1986 to 2020 as a Senior Fellow, mentoring many interns and research fellows. He was a longtime member of the Ripon Society. Mr. Sherer was predeceased by his wife, Dewi Sherer, and his parents. He is survived by his brother, Paul Sherer, and his sisters, Elaine Sherer McNutt, Elizabeth Sherer, and Jean Sherer. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Climate Institute, 1225 New York Avenue NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005.

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