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In 1927 Samuel Milton Sherman, a prominent Reading builder, donated his time and money to renovate what is now known as Pushman Cottage. At the time, the College was known as Schuylkill College, but it merged with Albright College (Myerstown) in 1929. As a thank you for his gift, the College named the cottage Sherman Cottage. Today, a photo of Mr. Sherman hangs on a plaque in Sherman Parlor. It reads: with profound gratitude for his supervision and rebuilding of this cottage, the expense of which he assumed, both in time and funds.
However, several decades later, on May 7, 1994, the cottage was officially renamed the V. Lester and Maryann Pushman Cottage, following a gift of one million dollars from the Pushman family.
V. Lester Pushman graduated from Albright in 1947. In 1941-42 he was an outstanding varsity quarterback, playing under Coach William Lone Star Dietz. He was also a member of the Zeta Omega Epsilon fraternity. In 1943 he attended Muhlenberg College, where he enrolled in the V-12 program as a Marine, and was Captain. He served in World War II and the Korean Conflict.
After WWII he returned to Albright and graduated with a degree in economics. Extremely involved as an alumnus, he served as a class agent, on Reunion committees, in student recruitment and in career counseling.
After graduation Pushman worked for Thomas Publishing Company, representing them throughout the state of New Jersey, with his own advertising firm, Mari-Less Corp. He was owner and president of Mari-Less Corp. in Springfield, N.J. for 30 years before retiring.
His wife, Maryann, began plans in 1993 to name Sherman Cottage for her husband. However, she succombed to illness and died before the end of the year. A year later the Pushman family made Maryanns dream come true.
However, the large room inside the cottage, known as Sherman Parlor, still honors its original namesake, Mr. Samuel Milton Sherman.
Through the years the building has served as a girls dormitory, a laboratory for Albrights Home Economics Department, and headquarters for the Advancement Department (College Relations, Development and Alumni Relations).
Presently, it is the sole headquarters for the Alumni Relations Office and your Alumni Association.
Edwin L. Bell, College Archivist