Leonard “Len” J. Scherock, MD, 78, of Mount Pleasant, MI, passed away on April 7, 2020, at his home-away-from-home in Westhampton Beach, NY, where he resided with Jeanna Carr, who was his long time girlfriend,
He was born to parents Joseph and Helena Scherock (née Aras), on November 8, 1941, in Detroit, MI. Len is survived by his sister, Eileen Claire, his three daughters and sons-in-law and seven grandchildren: Laurie Burchill, MBA, and spouse, Stuart, and their children: Landon and Taylor Burchill; Deanna Scherock-Wright, and her spouse, John, and their three children: Aiden, Bridger, and Skye Scoggins; and, Annette Palicka and spouse, Matt, and their two children, Cole and Olivia Honnila; along with a host of nieces and nephews. His parents, younger brother, Richard Scherock, MD, and his older brother, Donald Scherock, predeceased him.
Len had a distinguished academic career and was known as an intellectual who excelled at many pursuits. He expressed deep gratitude for the profound influence of The University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy of Detroit, MI, his high school alma mater. He credited the education that he obtained there for laying the foundation of his many lifetime achievements. He ensured that many others would have the same opportunity.
After graduating high school, Len attended the unique 2-4-2 Medical Education Program at Wayne State University School of Medicine. After earning his Doctor of Medicine (MD), Len was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War as a Captain for the Armed Forces Entrance and Examination (AFEES) Station in El Paso, Texas, from June 1968 to June 1970. He completed his Radiology Residency at Providence Hospital in Southfield, MI, from 1970 to 1973, during which he served as the Chief Radiology Resident from 1972 to 1973. He then began his radiology practice in Mount Pleasant, MI, which spanned several decades. Len was double-Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine.
Len was known as an avid gardener, landscaper, sailor, traveler, and lover of cars: antique, classic, and new. He refurbished an Austin Healy and took many road trips with the South East Michigan Austin Healy Club. As a classical music aficionado, Len enjoyed the concerts and compositions of world-renowned artists, both historical and contemporary.
Len achieved international renown as a woodworker in the art of Ornamental Turning. He created many treasured works of art and donated this art titled "Endless Wave, 2007." to The Center for Art in Wood Museum, in Philadelphia, PA, where his passion for the art is memorialized there in the Leonard Scherock Museum store.
Len’s deeply resonant voice will forever ring in the minds of all those who knew him. He was a beloved father, grandfather, friend, partner, and "Renaissance Man.” He indeed left this earthly world a more beautiful place.
A memorial service will be held when the Covid-19 pandemic guidelines permit. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to:
Ornamental Turners International
9925 Lampkin Way
Charlotte, NC 28269
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