A Chevy Chase doctor’s quest for
the woman who most influenced his
childhood: the family housekeeper
After turning 50 a few years ago, Dr. David Sherer
examined his mental state and hated his diagnosis. His
health was declining. His mood was darkening. He felt
like a “prisoner” in a profession dictated by his parents
during his Bethesda childhood.
“I got very scared, and felt my life was heading in the
wrong direction,” he tells me.
Sherer did not react to his turmoil in the usual way.
“I didn’t run off with the secretary or buy a Stingray,”
he jokes. Instead he decided to write a book about the
woman he called “Weezy,” an African-American from
Macon, Ga., named Louise Johnson Morris who was his
family’s housekeeper for more than 20 years.
On the surface it was a placid and prosperous household. But to young David, it was a place marked by cold-
Dr. David Sherer has written a
book about the housekeeper
who was a surrogate mother
to him. Inset: a family photo
with Louise Johnson Morris, aka
“Weezy” (back row, far right).