Dr. Robert Sherman, Ph.D.
August 2, 1946 ~ December 9, 2022
Dr. Robert Sherman, Ph.D. Obituary Dr. Robert Sherman, Ph.D., a Brentwood based clinical psychologist and professional photographer, died peacefully in his sleep while at home with his loved ones on the morning of December 9th, at the age of 76. Born in Queens, NY in 1946, Bob was a spiritual seeker who traveled the world, as comfortable in the Bronx as he was in Iran teaching English. After completing his Ph.D. from NYU in 1974, he travelled extensively and lived in an ashram in India for a year. He was prone to dancing with the locals wherever he went on his adventures. Bob’s life’s work as a therapist in private practice spanned forty years between Brick, NJ and Brentwood, TN. He saw clients for individual and marital therapy with a direct style while establishing an extremely safe therapeutic environment. In 2015 Bob published a memoir, “The Wandering Hinjew”, in which he chronicled his life personally, professionally, and photographically sharing his journey overcoming childhood trauma and building a life in harmony with his authentic Self. In his words: “My photographic passion is the pursuit of capturing the true essence of who we are and the world around us. It is my belief that the separation we feel from the world and each other is an illusion created by our ignorance and fear. As this illusion fades, what remains is the spirit that connects us all.” Bob was also known for his beloved “Daily Dose” emails, which he started to send out after 9/11 to showcase his photos of everyday people from 1970s Afghanistan. The Daily Dose grew to include his shots from around the world along with wise, thought-provoking quotes that reached a global audience of thousands. He is predeceased by his brother Richie Sherman. He is survived by his wife Beth Nielsen Chapman, his two sons Jonas and Noah Sherman from his first marriage to Natasha Sherman, his sister-in-law Gail Sherman, nieces Patti Eisinger and Tracey Colwell, his stepson Ernest Chapman, Ernest’s wife Jessie, and their two children Atreyu and Sebastian who affectionately refer to Bob as “Grumpy.” As per his wishes, Bob will be cremated with a cheese Danish made by Gelbstein’s Bakery in Lakewood, NJ. His ashes will be scattered in the one place on Earth he felt closest to God – off the banks of the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. His beautiful photography can be viewed at www.bobshermanphotography.com. Bob’s work has appeared in the UN Chronicle and the Nashville Arts Magazine as well as two BBC4 documentaries. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alive Hospice: www.alivehospice.org A celebration of Bob’s life will be announced in early 2023. Arrangements in the care of Compassion Funeral & Cremation Services, 6949 Charlotte Pike, Suite 104 (615) 857-9955. We are proud to be your locally owned and operated burial & cremation provider.