Arthur Woodrow Sherman, a former Westchester dentist, passed away Wednesday, October 19th, in Laguna Woods at age 88.

The viewing and rosary service and funeral services were held in Santa Monica Tuesday, October 25th, and Wednesday, October 26th.

Sherman was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City.

He was born July 2nd, 1917, in Garfield, New Jersey, attended the U.S. Naval Academy, and became a pilot/navigator in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Besides navigating and co-piloting B-17 and B-29 bombers during World War II, he also became a flight instructor and was credited by the Army with saving lives because of his superior instruction skills.

He earned the rank of lieutenant colonel during the war, left active duty service to join the Air Force Reserves, and retired as a full colonel.

When Sherman’s active duty ended, he attended the University of Southern California School of Dentistry at the age of 36.

His family said classmates referred to him with love as “the old man of the class.”

Sherman established his dental office in Westchester in 1956 and retired in 1988, when his son Lance Sherman assumed the practice.

Sherman enjoyed reading, politics, hunting, fishing, swimming, and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Audrey, who died of cancer in 1978; daughter Kathy and son Craig; and sister Lillian, who died in May.

He is survived by two children and grandchildren.