Robert “Bob” Sherman Lerner

Robert “Bob” Sherman Lerner

Robert “Bob” Sherman Lerner, 1926 - 2019

January 28, 2019


Robert (Bob) Sherman Lerner, age 92, passed away at his home in Yorktown, surrounded by his loving daughters on Monday, January 28, 2019. He was born on November 6, 1926 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Lee and Lily Lerner.

Robert attended St. John’s Military Academy in Delafield Wisconson, from which he graduated in 1944. After graduation he entered the U.S. Army, seeing World War II as a military policeman in occupied Germany. After the end of the war in September of 1945, he returned to the states and began work as a photography assistant in Chicago. On September 25, 1948, he married the love of his life, Bedane “Dainie” Hiken.  In 1949, Bob and Dainie moved to post war Paris where he built his portfolio with images of Parisian life that many believe to be some of his best work. Upon their return to Chicago after a year in Paris, this portfolio helped Bob to land a job with Look magazine as a staff photographer. His work with Look on worldwide assignments would continue for the next 20 years, after which, he enjoyed success as a freelance photographer, speaker, educator and mentor to many budding photographers.  Bob felt very strongly the need to “give back” as he had enjoyed the guidance and tutelage of renowned photography professionals throughout his own career. Together, Dainie and Bob had three girls and a son. They enjoyed golf, gardening, and traveling together as well as spending time with family and friends.

Left to honor and carry on his legacy are Bob’s three daughters and their husbands, Irene and Charles Looney, Laura and Jim Shiplett, and Sally and Michael Lindsay; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Sylvia and Clarissa (Cookie), his beloved wife Dainie and his son David.

Bob will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather, a good friend and amazing photographer and mentor.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Yorktown Freight Shed, 331 Water ST, Yorktown VA 23690 on Saturday February 23rd beginning at 1:00 PM. Bob generously gave to many charities but his two favorites were St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( and Disabled American Veterans ( ).

In Lieu of flowers or other remembrances please consider donating to one of these fine charities or the charity of your choice in Bob’s name.