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Dr. Allison Morgan Sherman

SHERMAN, Dr. Allison Morgan - 1979 - 2017 Professor Sherman always encouraged her students to "hug a column" at every opportunity and here she is with great delight doing just that at the Lincoln Monument, Washington, DC, March, 2016. It is with disbelief, profound sadness and broken hearts that we announce the passing of Allison Sherman on April 26th at KGH. Allison is the cherished daughter of Joan Sherman, Kingston, Bruce Sherman and Deb Price-Sherman, Rockport, treasured sister of Andrew Sherman (Melissa Hill), Rockwood, and Lisa Sherman-Shamray, Barbados, and doting Aunt Allie to Mac and Whitney. Adored granddaughter of Enid Simpson & the late Mac Simpson,Brockville and the late Jean & Don Sherman, Brockville. Allison was born and raised in Kingston and attended LaSalle Secondary School where her interest in art history was piqued by, well-loved educator, the late Berkley Brean. She earned both her BA Honours (Art History) and Master's degrees at Queen's University (QU) and her PhD at St. Andrew's University, Scotland, followed by Post Doctoral studies at QU. Allison's focus of study was Italian, specifically Venetian, Renaissance Art. Allison was an admired and gifted scholar and researcher, as well as an encouraging and inspiring mentor and dedicated, much-loved adjunct assistant professor within the Department of Art History, QU (she was nominated for a teaching award in 2014 and 2016). Allie was awarded QU School of Graduate Studies Graduate Coordinator Award in 2015, a position she filled from 2013 to 2015, and the QU Society of Graduate and Professional Students Graduate Support Award 2013 - 2014. Since 2011 Allison directed and co-instructed the QU Venice Summer School (VSS) with her colleague and close friend, Dr. Krystina Stermole. After attending the QU VSS herself while an undergrad and subsequently becoming fluent in Italian, Venice became Allison's lifelong passion and second home. Allison's positivity, intelligence, generosity, joyful and contagious enthusiasm will be greatly missed by legions of students, colleagues and friends around the world. Allie was commonly described as a 'bright light' and indeed she was all that and much more. With a strong and hopeful spirit, Allison faced the challenging two years since her breast cancer diagnosis with enormous grace, courage, humour, and an unyielding determination to overcome what ultimately, cruelly took her young and promising life. She proactively took on cancer the way she took on everything: earnestly, meticulously and with total commitment. To say she willingly and with a smile on her beautiful face did absolutely everything possible to save her own life is to understate the case. A lesser person could not, would not, have been able to sustain the all-consuming and restrictive regime she thoroughly researched and bravely undertook for many months in the fervent hope it would alter the outcome. Allison was tremendously thankful for and humbled by the generosity of those who contributed to Go Fund Me/You Caring (organized & overseen by Jill Weinreich) that made possible many helpful natural and integrative treatments here, as well as her immuno-therapy treatments in Vienna. She was overwhelmed by the incredible response to the April 29th fundraising dinner and silent auction held on her behalf (organized by Cheryl Barber & Sherry Weese). Sadly, Allie died just 3 days before the event so did not see all the stunning donated silent auction items, but she did know there were a lot of them and that Venice was a prominent theme among them. Allie was also thrilled with the quilt made for raffle by several QU Department of Art History staff and students (organized by Lisa Binkley). The winner of this magnificent quilt gave it to Allie's family who will cherish it always. Sincere thanks to Dr. Ross Walker, Dr. Mihaela Mates, Dr. William Mackillop, Dr. Diederick Jalink, Dr. Ingrid Harle, Kingston Health Sciences Complex (KHSC); Gillian Flower, Janet Perry and Dong Giao Tran, Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC); Dr. Ralf Kleef and Dr. Robert Nagy, Kleef Hyperthermia & Integrative Oncology Clinic, Vienna, Austria, for their efforts on Allison's behalf. The most heartfelt thank you to Doug Girvin & Linda Ross, who, upon hearing of the plan, without hesitation generously provided transport to and from Vienna for both Allie and her Mom. Allie was a firm believer in guardian angels, but gratefully she was blessed with many earthly angels lovingly watching over her. Prominent among them were her nurse-friends, Cheryl Barber and Sherry Weese; friend and colleague, Dawn Lloyd, the Wizard of Ontario Hall; and her faithful, beloved Sticker Friend, Jill Weinreich, Venice, Italy. The steadfast support and devotion of these friends will never be forgotten. Allison often said she was a curator of friends and the stellar bevy of them she garnered over her relatively short lifetime certainly bore that out. Sincere appreciation to all Alís dear friends new and old, near and far who, literally or in spirit, walked this devastating path beside her constantly buoying her up with their love. Always in Allie's heart and ours will be "Lady" Kry Stermole, "Pony" (Sally Hickson), "PG" (Sharon Gregory), Jane Russell-Corbett, "Bro" Emmy Pickering, "Dude" Alana Molleson, Mandy Koolen and Jen Hayes. Irrepressible, irreverent, funny, kind, thoughtful, articulate, unassuming, hard-working and wise beyond her years, Allison touched the lives of so many in a meaningful, memorable way and a celebration of her all too short life will be held in the near future. The pride we have in our remarkable daughter and sister is without measure and we will miss her forever. "In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you." - Buddha IN CARE OF SIMPLER TIMES CREMATION SERVICE 613-389-7223/613-382-3683 online condolences 13176588
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A great loss
Posted by France Pellicano (Student in Venice SS) On Tuesday, August 22, 2017
I learned only this week that she passed away. Allie was such a generous soul; in Venice she gave us her passion for beauty and always had a positive, happy attitude. She was a wonderful woman. My sincere condolences to the family.
Deepest Sympathy
Posted by Shirley Romain (Friend and Neighbour) On Thursday, June 1, 2017
Our entire family was devastated to hear of Allie's passing. A kinder, gentler sole has not walked the face of this earth. We will treasure the laughs and fun we had with Allie, Andrew and Joan when we all met up in Florida. Our thoughts and prayers go out to entire family. Allie will truly be missed.
You made us smile
Posted by Margaret Hughes (One time employer and friend) On Friday, May 26, 2017
Allie, warm, funny,sensitive and giving. Terrific intelligence but never arrogant. You made Cornerstone and the world a better place. Margaret
One in a million
Posted by Marcia Weese (Privileged acquaintance) On Wednesday, May 24, 2017
I was so very sad to read of Allie's passing. I worked at the circulation desk at Stauffer Library during some of Allie's tenure at Queen's and had the privilege to meet and greet Allie many times. She would keep all within earshot hanging on her every word. She was one of the wittiest and best story tellers of anyone that I have ever met. Her personality was incomparable and I can't imagine what her loss is to her close family and friends. I'm very sad and I barely knew her. My condolences.
Posted by Donna Kearney (friend) On Wednesday, May 24, 2017
What a beautiful tribute, Joan. She was a special person and her loss is just so incomprehensible. I wish I had known her better, but I know she was very like her mom which is indeed a compliment. Please take care. Donna

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