Russell Sherman receives Lifetime Achievement Award

04 June 2018

The International Titanium Association (ITA) has honored Russell Gordon Sherman with its 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. Sherman developed alloys and heat treating protocols for the titanium industry and pioneered the high-volume production of titanium aerospace fasteners. The ITA will formally present Sherman with the award at the TITANIUM USA 2018 Conference and Exhibition, which will be held on October 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
 
A resident of Santa Monica, Calif., and still active as a consultant in the titanium industry, Sherman said he’s proudest of his accomplishments during his early years at Timet. “This was a time when no one knew anything about titanium,” he said during a telephone interview. He affectionately described this period of his career as ‘Titanium 101,’ when he and colleagues had to teach themselves about the metal’s properties and its vast potential as a strategic material for military and industrial applications.

Sherman was born in Baltimore and lived in Norfolk, Va., and Philadelphia. He served in the Army during World War II, in the European Theater, and was once again called into active duty during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged from military service in August 1953 and soon after landed a position as a metallurgist with Timet.

Pictured: Mr. Russell Gordon Sherman.