Professor emeritus taught physical education for 24 years

Bettimae Lagather Sherman

Bettimae Lagather Sherman, who taught physical education at the University of Redlands for 24 years, died on Feb. 27, 2020. She was 87.

Born on Oct. 30, 1932 to Michael and Dorothy Lagather in Superior, Wisconsin, she grew up in Chisolm and Bimidji, Minnesota.

As a child, she sang, danced and won awards for her charm and talent. She was a cheerleader and graduated from Bimidji State University in Minnesota in 1952 with two degrees; one in physical education and one in music.

She also had a minor in biological science and a concentration in English literature. Betti and Ken Sherman were married in 1952 and enjoyed 58 happy years prior to his death in 2010.

Their son Michael Scott pre-deceased both of them in 1977. Sherman taught physical education at Redlands High School from 1955 to 1958. She joined the University of Redlands in 1958 and retired as a professor emeritus in 1982. When Elderhostel groups came to the university, she taught aerobics to the senior visitors.

An avid golfer, Sherman was an active member of the Redlands Women’s Golf Association at Redlands Country Club for many years. She also loved to ski and travel. She was a founding member of the University of Redlands Faculty Club and a member of the April Morning Club.

She served as a Kimberly Crest trustee and docent for 12 years. Ken and Betti Sherman established the Betti Lagather Sherman and Ken “Babe” Sherman Scholarship Endowment to be funded upon her death. The fund will support work study students in need of financial aid at Bimidji State.

She is survived by her sisterhood of local pals, Cindy Andrews, Jo Dierdorff, Jeannie Gaylord, Monika Krebs, Dawn Romo and Natalie Kille, as well as her former colleague, Kathy Mohn and her childhood friend Marguerite Kause of Vienna, Virginia.

They are grateful for the care received at the Grove and the Village health center during the past year. At her request, no service will be held.