The Norman Transcript


June 29, 2007

Sherman Celebrates 50 Years at McClain Bank

By Michelle Sutherlin

For The Transcript

Don Sherman’s black day-planner helps him navigate his early mornings, days, evenings, nights and even weekends. It may not be technologically advanced, but the paper planner has seemed to work well during the last five decades.

Sherman, a local banker, just received his 50-year-pin from the Oklahoma Banker’s Association and a plaque commemorating his career.

Not only has Sherman spent the last 50 years as a banker, but he has spent his entire career — from working as a teller to now serving as the chief executive officer and chairman of the Board of Directors — at McClain Bank.

A family affair

There is a strong family resemblance when looking at the pictures of all the presidents of McClain Bank hanging in its board room at its Norman branch on west Lindsey Street at Interstate 35. Don Sherman’s picture follows the pictures of his dad and uncle, and is followed by his cousin.

The Sherman name has become synonymous with McClain Bank. After all, a Sherman has been employed there since the mid 1930s.

Don Sherman graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1957 with a degree in business. He immediately went to work at what was then McClain County Bank.

He joined his father, Neil Sherman, and his uncle, Earl Sherman, at the bank. The Sherman brothers started working at McClain County Bank in 1935 and 1936 as tellers and began to work their way up, both eventually serving a presidents of the bank. Both Earl and Neil also celebrated 50 years at McClain County Bank.

Even now the organizational chart at the bank looks more like a family tree. Don Sherman’s two cousins also work at the bank — Charlie Sherman is the president and Tom Sherman is a senior vice president. Not only that, but Don’s son, Donald Sherman, is a senior vice president and controller. And Don’s nephew Steve Sherman is a senior vice president and loan officer and mortgage department head.

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