Raymond Shermoe, longtime resident of Sioux Falls died July 29, 2012, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, two months shy of his 90th birthday.
Mr. Shermoe was a World War II veteran. He attended Augustana College, and following graduation accepted a position as head of the Language and Drama Department at Washington High School. In 1960 he joined the incorporators of the Civic Fine Arts Center and two years later became its permanent Director.
During his tenure, The Arts Center became the hub of arts activity for the surrounding five-state region and its singular reputation attracted even worldwide visitors. Monthly exhibits acquainted the local arts public with many nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Workshops and study groups encouraged talented hobbyists to become serious artists with renowned reputations of their own.
Mr. Shermoe initiated the Sidewalk Arts Sale as well as a rental program for the Art Center’s artists. Quarterly classes for children and studio opportunities for adults were regular offerings. During his watch the Arts Center at its Carnegie Building location became a National Historic Landmark and attained status as a Museum.
After his retirement from the Arts Center he joined the local Salvation Army Social Services as a volunteer then as assistant director, where he remained until he was past 80 years old. He later moved to Lansing, Michigan to be close to family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, two sisters and a nephew. He is survived by one niece and three nephews. Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel in Lansing, Michigan, is in charge of arrangements. There will be no service.