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FRAMINGHAM – Dr. Melvin H. Sher, M.D., a respected surgeon in the Framingham community, died, Thursday, January 28, 2021 at the age of 89.

Born on November 15, 1931, Melvin H. Sher was born in St. Luke’s Hospital, New Bedford to Arthur Israel Sher and Lillian Harrison Sher formerly of Hyannis.

Following graduation from New Bedford High School, he attended Washington and Jefferson College graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Upon graduating from Tufts University Medical School in 1957, he completed a surgical residency at the New England Medical Center in Boston.

Dr. Sher enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a surgeon for the 6th Fleet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal, the flagship for the fleet.  Dr. Sher completed his active duty at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital.

Following a short time in private practice and on the faculty at Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia. Dr. Sher served on the faculty of the five medical schools in Philadelphia.

In 1966 Dr. Sher came to Framingham, where he introduced vascular surgery to the Metrowest area and established a private practice.

He was a lecturer in surgery at Tufts-New England Medical Center and clinical assistant professor at Boston University Medical School.

Dr. Sher was the author of 30 original medical publications.

He was a fellow of the American Board of Surgery, a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and a member of the New England Surgical Society, New England Vascular Society, Boston Surgical Society, Society for Vascular Surgery, and the Eastern Vascular Society.

Upon retirement from active surgical practice in 2001 Dr. Sher continued in surgery as an assistant to his fellow surgeons and taught in the Physician Assistant Program at Northeastern University and Massachusetts School of Pharmacy and Health Science. He enjoyed travel, sports, and music.

Dr. Sher is survived by his wife, the former Laurie Kiefer of Maple Glen, PA and their beloved German Shepherd, Minnie. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and loving family members.

At the request of his family, funeral services will be private at Edgell Grove Cemetery in Framingham.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Norton Funeral Home, Framingham.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to The Learning Center For The Deaf, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Buddy Dog Humane Society Inc

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