Irene Berenter Sherman, 89, a longtime Washington real estate agent, died Aug. 12 of cancer at her home in the District.
A Washington native, Mrs. Sherman graduated from the old Central High School in 1934. She received a law degree in the
1930s from National University School of Law, which later became part of George Washington University.
In the 1960s, Mrs. Sherman began to sell real estate with Billingsley Realty & Co., which was acquired by Long &
Foster. She worked primarily in the upper Northwest section of the city and, at 81, was among the top 10 salespeople at her
office on Connecticut Avenue NW. She retired when she was 83.
Mrs. Sherman had a long record of volunteer work, beginning in World War II when she wrapped bandages for wounded
soldiers recuperating in local hospitals. She was a precinct captain for Community Chest, a Girl Scout troop leader, a Cub Scout
den mother and president of home and school associations at Lafayette Elementary School and Alice Deal Junior High School.
She began volunteering at Sibley Memorial Hospital in the 1960s and was named president of the hospital's Widowed Persons
Outreach service last year.
She was a member of Washington Hebrew Congregation and was a fixture for more than 50 years in her block on Runnymede
Her husband of 56 years, Louis Sherman, died in 1996.
Survivors include three children, Susan Laden and Michael Sherman, both of Washington, and Barbara Corey of West Roxbury,
Mass.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a companion, Peter Monahan of Washington.