Robert Sherrard, professor emeritus, Political Science, and a prominent leader in the Department of Ethnic and Women’s Studies, died June 16, 1997 in a local convalescent hospital.
He was born April 3, 1931 in Houston, Texas, and served in the Navy from 1952-56 participating in five Good Will Tours Around the World. He earned his associate degree from San Mateo Junior College, followed by a bachelor’s degree and Social Science General Secondary Teaching Credential from CSU, Chico. He received his master’s degree and another credential in Education Standard Supervision and also completed course work at the University of San Diego in intercultural studies. His work as a social science teacher and education coordinator for the Oakland Unified School District prepared him for a long and prestigious career at Chico State.
Sherrard was hired in 1969 as a coordinator and became chair of the Black Studies Program which evolved into the Department of Ethnic and Women’s Studies under Sherrard’s leadership. He was awarded his second teaching service in Political Science in the late ’80s. He also served on numerous committees, including the Faculty Senate, Council of Department of Chairmen, University Affirmative Action, and African Studies Advisory.
Among his vast list of accomplishments is From Africa to America: A Brief History of Afro-Americans, a book he co-authored, and the publication of “A Slide/Sound History of Black People in Butte County and Northern California,” which was made possible by a grant he received for research and professional development.
He enjoyed playing basketball, dominoes, softball, and the time spent with his family.
Robert Sherrard is survived by Cherrie, his wife of thirty-five years; two sons, Mike of Los Angeles and Roy of Pleasanton; a daughter, Elizabeth Johnson of Hurcules; his mother, Ruby of Chico, and two grandsons.