Mary Sherlach Mary Sherlach didn’t hesitate to react. The 56-year-old school psychologist, along with the school’s principal and vice-principal, heroically ran out of a meeting to confront the shooter and was one of the gunman’s first victims. Sherlach was beloved by students, and today her comforting presence is gone when her school needs it most. “If there ever was a person, by qualifications and personality, to work with children to be a school psychologist, it was Mary,” former school superintendent John Reed saidof the 20-year Sandy Hook veteran. She was a Miami Dolphins fan, and relished her visits to the Finger Lakes. She had planned to leave work early that fateful Friday. “Mary felt like she was doing God’s work,” her son-in-law, Eric Schwartz, said. The mother of two was planning to retire this year.