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Hospital Board Elects Emeritus Member

New Britain [October 06 2006] - Thomas E. Sherer was voted an Emeritus Director at the final meeting of the board of directors of New Britain General Hospital at the end of September. New Britain General merged with Bradley Memorial on Oct. 1 to become The Hospital of Central Connecticut.

Sherer was elected to what was then the New Britain General Hospital’s board of directors in 1975. On the board, he has served on various committees, including long range planning. He was vice chairman from 1984 to 1987; and then elected chairman in 1987, until he stepped down in ’92. In 1997, Sherer was awarded the Robert U. Massey, MD, Award by the Capital Area Health Consortium for distinguished service, given annually to an individual who has contributed to regional healthcare cooperation. Sherer was until recently chairman of the Hospital’s development committee, chairman of CennConn Services, and a trustee of the Jerome Home.

Sherer spent his formative years in West Hartford, Connecticut, before attending the University of Notre Dame. After graduating with honors in 1950, he worked for a division of General Motors, a bearings company headquartered in Bristol, Connecticut.

He served in the army during the Korean War and was discharged in 1952. In 1956, he started at Fafnir Bearings in New Britain to head the cost accounting department. Sherer rose on a steady trajectory through the ranks at Fafnir until he was named president in 1975. Fafnir produced antifriction bearings and was the second largest employer in New Britain. At one time, the company had a total of about 5,000 workers in the United States and another 2,000 overseas. Fafnir had four plants in Connecticut including the largest single floor plant, of 1.5 million square feet, located in Newington. The company also had plants in the south and overseas.

Sherer retired in 1983 after nine years as president, and shortly thereafter Textron sold Fafnir to Ingersoll Rand, and became a division of the Torrington Company.

Sherer was also formerly chairman of the Manufacturers Association of Hartford County, chairman of the Antifriction Bearing Manufacturers Association, and served on the boards of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, the Hartford Graduate Center, the CCSU Foundation, and Fleet Bank of Connecticut.

Tom Sherer lives in Avon with his wife Marcia, where they can be close to their 4 children and 11 grandchildren.


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