Carl Wiseheart Sherman, who held prominent positions in engineering, academia, and government, and was a former chair of the SPE Illinois Basin Section, died 5 August 2013. He was 90.
A resident of State College, Pennsylvania, Sherman worked as a drilling and production engineer in Louisiana after receiving a BS degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He later received an MS degree from the school. For the next 25 years, he held various engineering and management positions in major and independent oil companies, and was head of the Petroleum Engineering Section of the Illinois Geological Survey, the first director of the New York State Division of Oil and Gas, and was a partner in Energy Storage Ventures. He also served as a state representative to the Interstate Oil Compact Commission and chaired the SPE Illinois Basin Section. He was later inducted into the SPE Legion of Honor, recognizing 50 years of consecutive membership.
In 1976, Sherman returned to State College, where he accepted a position as associate professor in Penn State’s engineering program. He retired in 1988.