Mary S. Sherman

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Mary S. Sherman
Mary Stults

(1913-04-21)April 21, 1913
DiedJuly 21, 1964(1964-07-21) (aged 51)
Alma materEvanston Township High School

Northwestern University

University of Chicago
OccupationOrthopedic surgeon; Cancer researcher
Spouse(s)Thomas Sherman

Mary Stults Sherman (April 21, 1913 – July 21, 1964) was an orthopedic surgeon and cancer researcher in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Sherman was born in Evanston, Illinois, to Walter Allen Stults (a founder of Pi Kappa Lambda) and the former Edith Monica Graham. She graduated from Evanston Township High School and attended the Institute de Mme Collnot in Paris, France. In 1934, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University. The following year, she received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago. From 1935 to 1936, Sherman was an instructor at the University of Illinois French Institute in Paris.[1]

In 1941, she obtained a medical degree from the University of Chicago.[1] She interned at Bob Roberts Hospital at the University of Chicago.[1] In 1947, she was appointed assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Billings Hospital, also affiliated with the university. In 1952, she relocated to New Orleans to become director of the bone pathology laboratory at The Ochsner Clinic Medical Foundation, a creation of surgeon Alton Ochsner.[1][2] The next year she became an associate professor at New Orleans' Tulane Medical School.[2] A cancer researcher, she was also a senior visiting surgeon in orthopedics at the Charity Hospital in New Orleans.[1]

She was a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.[1] She was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi and Alpha Omega Alpha.[3]


On July 21, 1964, Sherman was found dead in her apartment on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.[4] The body had stab wounds and burns from a fire set in the apartment.[4] The police report classified the death as a murder. An autopsy was performed by Monroe S. Samuels, M.D., on July 21, 1964. The autopsy report classified Sherman's death as a homicide.[5] Dr. Samuels determined that Sherman died of a stab wound in her heart. Most of the right side of her upper torso, including her right arm had been incinerated.[6] Sherman's murder remains unsolved.[7]


Sherman was the author or coauthor of numerous articles about bone and joint diseases. As examples, her works included:

She was also the author of an article titled "The Natural Course of Poliomyelitis: A report of 70 cases".[12]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Glenn R. Conrad (1988). "Sherman, Mary S." in A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography Archived 2016-07-16 at the Wayback Machine, Vol. 1, p. 741. University of Louisiana. ISBN 0940984377, ISBN 978-0940984370.
  2. ^ a b Michael Newton (2010). The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes. Facts on File, Incorporated, p. 342. ISBN 9780816078189.
  3. ^ "Mary Stults Sherman, 1913–1964"[permanent dead link]. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Vol. 46-A, No. 8 (December 1964), pp. 1824–1826.
  4. ^ a b United Press International (UPI). "Woman Expert in Cancer Slain In Burned Louisiana Apartment". The New York Times, July 21, 1964.
  5. ^ Monroe S. Samuels. Autopsy Protocol, Orleans Parish Coroner's Office, July 21, 1964, p. 1.
  6. ^ Brobson Lutz. A review of Dr. Mary's Monkey. New Orleans Magazine, July 2007.
  7. ^ Times-Picayune, NOLA com | The. "In the death of Doctor Mary Sherman, strange myths pale next to stranger facts". Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  8. ^ MS Sherman and DB Phemister (1947). "The pathology of ununited fractures of the neck of the femur"[permanent dead link]. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 29(1):19–40. PMID 20284683.
  9. ^ MS Sherman and DT Hellyer (1950). "Infantile cortical hyperostosis; review of the literature and report of five cases". The American Journal of Roentgenology, 63(2):212–222. PMID 15402767.
  10. ^ MS Sherman (1951). "The non-specificity of synovial reactions". Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases, 12(2):110–125. PMID 14905101.
  11. ^ MS Sherman and GB McFarland Jr (1965). "Mechanism of pain in osteoid osteomas". Southern Medical Journal, 58(2):163–166. PMID 14246937.
  12. ^ MS Sherman (1944). "The Natural Course of Poliomyelitis: A report of 70 cases". Journal of the American Medical Association, 125(2):99. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850200007003.

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