Paul Scher

Paul L Scher

Friday, September 21st, 1934 - Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
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Paul Scher, age 85. Beloved husband of Ann, nee Garrison; loving father of Susan (Noel) Elfant, Laura Brown; dear grandfather of Eleanor and Julia Brown and Rachel, Nate and Griffin Elfant; devoted son of the late Victor and Edith Scher; fond brother of the late Tom Scher. Paul was the first blind man to graduate from Harvard University, graduating Cum Laude in 1957. He thereafter earned two graduate degrees, an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Chicago and an M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Illinois. His work as a rehabilitation professional included positions with the University of Illinois, the Chicago Lung Association, the California Department of Rehabilitation in San Francisco, and a 20+ year career in human resources at Sears, Roebuck & Co. Paul served on the President’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped and as a founding member of the National Association of Rehabilitation Professionals. He was a long-serving board member and board president for The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind. Always independent and self-reliant, Paul traveled the world, visiting four continents. During retirement Paul’s independence was enhanced by his beloved guide dogs, Aaron and Norman, both trained at The Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ. Private graveside services are necessary, however friends can watch the funeral live on Friday, May 15 at 11 am on Paul’s webpage at or anytime after the service. Contributions in Paul’s memory may be made to The Chicago Lighthouse ( or The Seeing Eye Information at Mitzvah Memorial Funerals, 630-MITZVAH 630-648-9824.
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    Friday, May 15th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, May 15th, 2020 11:00am
    Private family service-Live web cast avaiable below
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Barbara Peterson

Posted at 04:19pm
Paul was a man so loved by so any. Lovely service. He will be really missed.
My condolences.
Barbara Peterson

Bette & Raymond Conn

Posted at 07:24pm
We always thought Paul was our cousin. Then his uncle George married our mother, Edith Greenberg, and Paul really was our cousin. When we lived in Texas, Paul visited us. He steered our sailboat skillfully by feeling the wind on his face. We only had to look out for obstacles (land). When Ray told him where to get on the boat, he teased, asking was he being told to fall in the water. We all had a good laugh.
Our deepest sympathies to you all.
Bette & Raymond Conn Tucson, Arizona

Hilary Becker

Posted at 12:32pm
My family and I send our condolences to Ann and the family. I served on our condominium's board with Paul, and he was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word. I will miss seeing him in the building and around the neighborhood. My kids adored him, and they were huge fans of Norman! Thinking of all of you.
Sincerely, Hilary Becker

Tina Loudermilk Posted at 11:33pm

What a beautiful service. It was very moving to hear each tribute to Paul. I am so sorry for your loss, Laura, Ellie & Julia. Tina Loudermilk

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