A message from York University’s president on the Shermans

York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton issued the following message to the University community on Friday, Dec. 15:

Barry and Honey Sherman

I am deeply saddened to share with the York University community the news that longtime member of our Board of Governors Honey Sherman and her husband, Barry, have died. At this time, we do not have further details related to their passing.

Honey has been a member of the York University Board of Governors since 2010, and a member of the External Relations Committee. Both she and her husband Barry were Honorary Patrons of York’s Impact Campaign. Through their philanthropy, the University established the Sherman Health Science Research Centre, which opened in 2010. The Centre provides a state-of-the-art home for York’s renowned vision research.

The Shermans were active volunteers and leaders within many communities, serving in a variety of leadership roles. Their legacy will impact countless individuals and organizations for years to come.

We mourn the loss of these wonderful members of our community whose friendship, passion for education and philanthropy have had a transformational impact on our students, faculty and staff for many years.


The University has created an In Memoriam page for the Shermans. To share a message of condolence with their family, visit http://about.yorku.ca/in-memoriam/.

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