Louis M. Sherwood, 69, an endocrinologist and retired Merck & Co. vice president, died Jan. 25 at his winter home in Delray Beach, Fla. He was a resident of Ambler.
Sherwood started with Merck in 1987 as vice president of its international division. After retiring as vice president of medical and scientific affairs in the human health division, he became a consultant.
He earned a bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University and a medical degree from Columbia University.
Sherwood was chief of the endocrinology unit at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston; department chairman of medicine at Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago; and professor of medicine at the University of Chicago and Harvard Medical School.
He was also an adjunct professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; chairman of the department of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City; and was physician-in-chief at Montefiore Medical Center in New York.
Sherwood was a past president of the American Society for Clinical Investigation; the American Physicians Fellowship for Medicine in Israel; and was immediate past president of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Investigators, which honored him with its lifetime achievement award. He was also the recipient of a Special Recognition Award from the Association of Professors of Medicine.
The doctor published more than 160 papers in the field of endocrinology.
He also sat on the boards of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the geriatric center of the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life.
Sherwood is survived by his wife of 40 years, Judy Brimberg Sherwood; his mother, Blanche Sherwood; daughter Jennifer Hershman; son Arieh Sherwood; a brother; and five grandchildren.