A TRIBUTE TO SHIRLEY SHERMAN

Submitted by Missy Dalgarn, SVSC Member

  
 

Shirley began her skating career at the age of five at the Winter Garden Rink in St. Louis, MO, where her father, Earl Reflow, managed the rink until his death in 1944. Her mother assumed leadership of the rink until 1946. In 1936, Shirley skated in the "International Skating Carnival" with Sonja Henie who had just turned professional. Shirley became known as an outstanding amateur show performer and was often a guest at club shows throughout the Midwest, something quite unusual at the time. In 1955 Shirley relocated to Chicago when her husband, Lou, was transferred. Shirley and Lou became members of the Skokie Valley Skating Club in Winnetka, IL, where both remain honorary members. Shirley received her first judging appointment on June 1, 1968. She currently holds the following appointments:

  
  • Gold Figure Test Judge
  • Gold Dance Judge with International Dance Certification
  • National Singles/Pairs Competition Judge (achieved this national appointment May 1, 1979)
  • National Dance Competition Judge (achieved this national appointment October 1, 1979)
  • Gold Singles/Pairs Judge
  • Gold Moves in the Field Certification
  • Regional Video Replay Operation for Single, Pairs, and Dance in IJS

 

Since February 4, 1998 (the date from which current records are available), Shirley has judged more than 8,850 individual tests. In addition to the incalculable hours she has devoted to hundreds, if not thousands of skaters who have tested through their local Clubs, Shirley has had an immense impact upon the sectional, regional, and national competitive scene as evidenced by the following data:


CompetitionNumber of Events
U.S. National Championships1120+
U.S. Junior Championships415
U.S. Collegiate Championships25
U.S. Adult Nationals42+
Olympic Festival34+
Junior Olympics36
World Junior Selection37
Upper Great Lakes Regional Championships968
Southwestern Regional Championships216
Eastern Great Lakes Regional Championships17
Midwestern Sectionals1180
TOTAL53230+

Many thanks to Shirley for her supportive, passionate, and compassionate 45 years of judging and her seven-decade contribution to amateur and competitive figure skating! What an outstanding legacy!