Dr. James Edward "Jim" Hightower, Jr.

Dr. James Edward "Jim" Hightower, Jr. passed away suddenly on Friday, September 3, 2021. Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He devoted his life to helping others as well as to spreading God's love to all those whose lives he touched. A native of Fort Valley, Georgia, Jim attended Shorter University and later earned his EdD from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. A devoted minister, Jim most recently led the congregations of Little Farms United Church of Christ in River Ridge, LA and Long Beach Presbyterian Church in Long Beach, MS. Jim touched the lives of so many through his beloved career as a family counselor, minister, and pastoral counselor. The Funeral service will be on September 18, 2021 at Central St. Matthew UCC.

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ACPE Retired Educator Reverend Joseph (Joe) Arthur Roberts

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Reverend Joseph (Joe) Arthur Roberts, passed from this world on Father's Day, June 20, 2021 in Dallas, TX from a sudden illness. He was born in Dallas on December 30, 1947.  He has joined his parents John Woodrow Roberts and Margaret Lucille Tresp and his brother John Leo Roberts on the other side.

He leaves behind siblings Mary Kathleen Roberts Dickey (Bill) and Christopher Allen Roberts (Klaudia). His daughter with his former wife Camille,  Elizabeth Kathleen Roberts, her son, Tristan Jacob Roberts, as well as his grandson Gabel Landon Falcon.  He had two children with his first wife, Dianne, Gina Dawn Roberts and Troy Marcus Roberts.

He is survived by his spouse, Reverend Patricia (Pat) Roberts (Cox) of Dallas, Texas. They married  in Salt Lake City, Utah on December 16, 2011. He was a devoted, loving and wonderful husband. Together, he and Pat were co-conspirators of ministry and mayhem. 

Joe was originally ordained in the Church of Christ. He received his BS from Dallas Christian College in 1998 and after graduating with a Master's of Divinity at Brite Theological Seminary December 2001 he became a minister in the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. He then became a chaplain and a chaplain educator, in Texas and in Indiana. He and Pat then co-pastored two churches, Milton Christian Church and Summerville Christian Church in Nova Scotia Canada. Joe was passonate about people and loved almost everyone he ever met. He touched many lives and was loved by many. He was intelligent, witty, and felt things deeply. He had a love for ministry and a zest for life. He was an introvert and appreciated the works of theologian Frederick Buechner.  He loved teaching and loved his students and watching their accomplishments in life. 

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ACPE Emeritus Harvey Berg

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Rev. Harvey M. Berg of Neenah, Wisconsin passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at the age of 92.  Harvey died peacefully with family at his side.

Harvey was born in Whitehall, Wisconsin on January 27, 1929 to Melvin Berg and Mabel (Norlyn) Berg.  He graduated from Arcadia High School in 1946, St Olaf College in 1950, and Luther Seminary in 1954.   He subsequently earned a Masters in Theology from Luther Seminary and a Doctorate in Ministry from Andover Newton.  On the same day in May 1954, he graduated from the seminary, was commissioned into the army, and became engaged to Shirley Lois Utech, whom he married on February 15, 1955.

Harvey served as director of the Pastoral Care Department at St Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee.  After his retirement in 1998, Harvey raised a substantial amount of money for an endowment to sustain the Pastoral Care Department into the future.  Harvey remained a chaplain in the US Army Reserve, rising to the rank of Colonel, and serving with various units in Wisconsin and Illinois.  He served his country for 38 years.

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ACPE Retired Educator Richard O'Donnell

Fr. O'DonnellFr. Richard Joseph O’Donnell, M.I. passed away at age 85 on May 18, 2021. He was a Priest for 57 years of the Ministers of the Infirm (Camillians), USA Camillian Delegation. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was the third of four children.

His work included Vocation/Formation Director, ACPE Certified Educator for the CPE Program on the St. Camillus Campus for over 15 years, Director of Pastoral Care and Provincial of the North American Province. In 1995 he was elected Vicar General of the Order of St. Camillus stationed in Rome, Italy until 2001. He then returned to the USA taking up his role of Provincial of the North American Province. In 2013, Fr. Richard retired from his formal roles, but still remained active in ministry by visiting and praying with the sick and saying masses. He also continued to work as ACPE Certified Educator until he fully retired in 2017.

His last days were of comfort to him living in the environment he knew where he was surrounded by those he loved-his community. His father, mother, two brothers and sister preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving nephews and nieces. He will be dearly missed by all his Camillian confreres. A funeral Mass will be held at San Camillo, 10200 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee, WI on Saturday, May 22, 2021. Visitation begins at 9:00am with Mass at 10:00am. He will be buried that afternoon in the Camillian cemetery at Our Lady of the Pines in Baraboo, Wisconsin. May his soul rest in peace.


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ACPE Emeritus Max R. Maguire

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The Reverend Max R. Maguire, age 92, died peacefully at home on May 11 in North Oaks, MN. He was born in Dwight, Kansas, in 1928 in the telephone office where his family lived and worked on Main Street. In his early years Max developed a natural affinity for visiting with others. As a child he would often walk up and down Main Street, conversing with shopkeepers and passersby.

From his father Max inherited a strong moral compass which would guide him throughout his life. He recalled how his father would recognize Ku Klux Klan marchers by their boots and call out their names as they walked by. After college and seminary, plus two more years of study in clinical pastoral education (ACPE), Max was certified for his career as a hospital chaplain and educator. He served as president of both ACPE and the College of Chaplains. The merging of Abbott and Northwestern Hospitals brought him to Minneapolis in 1971, where he opened a chaplaincy department with students training for chaplaincy, pastoral care and counseling.

He is survived by his wife Martha, daughter Kimberly and son-in-law Dr. Peter Kahn, son Kenton and grandchildren Matthew and Megan Maguire. The memorial service is at 2 o'clock Saturday, June 19 at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. Memorials may be directed to the Westminster Counseling Center at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2200 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis, MN, 55403.


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ACPE Retired Educator David Hurst

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David Hurst, retired ACPE Educator and retired AAPC Pastoral Counselor, died on April 27, 2021 after a protracted illness. He had been in nursing care at University Living in Ann Arbor, Michigan for several weeks and was finally placed on hospice where he died soon after.

David was interviewed for CPE in the late 1960s by the late Ed Thornton while David was a patient with bipolar disorder in a state mental hospital.  Ed was insightful enough to know that David was getting the help he needed, and that his hospitalization would yield deep insight into the human condition, similar to the experience of Anton Boisen, an early founder of CPE. David's early CPE was supervised by Ed and by Al Meiburg at the Crozer Chester Medical Center.

After moving to Ann Arbor he established Pastoral Care Services of Southeastern Michigan where he saw clients in the late 1970s at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church of Ann Arbor. He was also a CPE educator for a time at University of Michigan Hospitals in the early 1980s, filling in after CPE educator Herb Hillebrand left. During the 1990's David served as a CPE educator at William Beaumont Hospital just north of Detroit with Carl Buxo. Overlapping many of those years he ran the Dearborn Pastoral Counseling Center located at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church just west of Detroit. 

In his last years, David and Edie and his daughter Lorel alternated Sunday worship between Ypsilanti First Methodist and Ann Arbor First Baptist. He and Edie had three sons - Emil, Gary, and Karl - and several grandchildren. A husband, father, and grandfather – David leaves behind many in whom he invested his life – both personally as a friend and family member and professionally as a clinical educator and counselor. A small, private memorial service was officiated by the Rev. Dr. Paul Simpson-Duke, co-pastor of First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor.

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ACPE Retired Educator Roland Jack Follis

Roland looking at cameraAfter a nine-year battle with dementia, Dr. Roland Jack Follis passed away April 23, 2021, in Rush Foundation Hospital with family by his side. While working on his doctorate, Jack organized the training program in pastoral care at Orleans Parish Prison. Upon completing his degree, Jack was hired as Chaplain of East Mississippi State Hospital where he organized the Department of Pastoral Care to train ordained ministers to counsel people in crisis. After moving to Meridian, he became the softball coach at the First Baptist Church for several years.

 In 1993, Jack retired from the hospital and took a position at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., to organize and oversee their pastoral care training. He received a divinity fellowship in 1996 at Harvard University in Boston, Mass. He officially retired in 2003 to spend time with his family, support Sylvia's hobbies, enjoy his personal library, and write about his life in ministry. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at First Baptist Church of Meridian at 10:30 a.m., with visitation at 9:30 a.m. The graveside service will immediately follow at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery, in Newton, Miss. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Jack's name to First Baptist Church of Meridian (, Disabled American Veterans (, or Alzheimer's Association ( Friends may view the online register and sign the guestbook at

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ACPE Retired Educator David F. Carlson

David looking at cameraACPE Retired Educator David F Carlson died in Minnesota on February 3, 2021, at the age of 82. He served as a Lutheran pastor, chaplain, ACPE educator, and then as creator of the Minister of Health program at Iowa Lutheran Hospital (Des Moines, Iowa) in the 1980’s.  He ran CPE groups for the Ministers of Health while he was in Des Moines. He was also a collaborator with Granger Westberg in the vision for the Parish Nurse program.  Dave served parishes in Wisconsin, then as a chaplain in mental health, prison and hospital ministry.  He became a certified ACPE supervisor in the mid-80’s and worked at Iowa Lutheran until moving to Meriter Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin; then to the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview in Minneapolis and later to Allina CPE program in the Twin Cities. Dave was an innovator with vision and optimism. His legacy continues in the ministry of his students and the Health Ministry Association he founded.


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ACPE Spiritual Care Professional Paul S. Park

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ACPE Spiritual Care Professional Rev. Paul S. Park, 68, of Peoria, formerly of Morton, passed away on Sunday, December 29, 2019, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, from long-term complications following cancer. He was born on October 15, 1951, in Rockford, Ill., to Richard and Ruth (Ehmen) Park. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Rosalie "Rosy" (DeWall) Park, who he met while teaching at the Mt. Morris School District. They married in Forreston, Ill., on June 7, 1975.

Prior to meeting his wife, Rosy, Pastor Paul traveled to India, Thailand and Japan. His Asian experiences were unique in that he served in the Christian Mission Field in India, was involved in Agriculture in Japan, and was an Ordained Theravadin Buddhist Monk in Thailand.

During his 35 years in Peoria, Pastor Paul served as a chaplain at OSF St. Francis Medical Center and was the former Director of Spiritual Care at Lutheran Hillside Village. Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements. To leave an online condolence for the family, visit

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ACPE Emeritus Thomas H. Cole

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ACPE Emeritus Thomas H. Cole passed away on Saturday evening, April 3rd, 2021 after a very fulfilling 96 years. Chaplain Cole was preceded in death by his wife of almost 60 years, Eleanor Ophelia Cole, RN and parents Rev. Walton R. Cole ThD and Inis F. M. Cole and brother, Rev. Kenneth Cole of Walton, KY.  He is survived by his brother, Charles D. Cole of Granville, OH. 

As ACPE Resident with the Institute of Religion in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Tom Cole was assigned his clinical practice at the Memorial Baptist Hospital System in 1960. That same year he joined the Pastoral Care Department and soon became its Director. As an ACPE Supervisor he began the first autonomous ACPE Residency in the expanding Memorial Hospital System. Tom retired in 1989 having served more than 29 years. He returned often to Memorial to serve as adjunct ACPE Supervisor over the next decade and more. Tom has been a mentor and supervisor to many of the ACPE supervisors and certified chaplains who have served across the nation.

Committal Service will be held on April 17, 2021 at 11:00 am at Hillside Cemetery, 900 N Valley Street, Cuero, TX

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ACPE Retired Educator George West

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ACPE Retired Educator George West of St. Stephen, SC, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, March 13, 2021.

Those left to cherish his memory are: his wife, Mrs. Mary L. West; daughter, Rosalind (Marcus) Culver; grandchildren, Marcus, Jr. and Tina; siblings, Flora W. (Joseph James) Gethers and Sarah L. West; aunt, Alberta Montgomery; brother-in-law, James (Rosalind) Hall; sister-in-law, Doris Davis; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Reverend Peter L. West and Mrs. Louise Jager West; brother and sister-in-law, Bishop James C. West and his wife, Miriam; and sister, Reverend A. Rebecca West

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ACPE Retired Educator Mary Wilkins Mary Wilkins looking at camera

ACPE Retired Educator Mary Murton Wilkins of Ashburn, Virginia, beloved sister, aunt, and friend to many, passed on Saturday morning the 27th of February. Mary was born in Quicksburg, Virginia on October the 4th, 1939 to parents Gilbert F. and Mabel H. Wilkins.

Following seminary, she was appointed by the Bishop to serve as the minister of two small churches, thirty-five to forty miles south of Washington, D.C.  It was during this assignment, which included working with complex family problems, that Mary became engaged in and developed a passion for pastoral counseling.  This introduced her to opportunities in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), and eventually led her to a career with Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center and later with Swedish Covenant Hospital, both in Chicago, Illinois.

She is survived by sisters Phyllis Hughitt and Barbara Bonner, and brother Ed Wilkins, and their extended families.  Mary will be deeply missed by her family, and remembered by a close friend who said “she drives like the devil and preaches like an angel.” Arrangements are by Adams-Green Funeral Home, 721 Elden Street, Herndon, VA. Visitation will be Saturday afternoon, March 6th at 1 pm followed by a private service at 2 pm.  Burial will be held at Zirkle Cemetery, 1001 River Road, New Market VA on Sunday afternoon, March 7th at 1 pm.

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ACPE Retired Educator Ruth Walsh

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ACPE Retired Educator Ruth Dimock Walsh, 79, of Manassas, Virginia, beloved mother, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully at Virginia Hospital Center with her daughter by her side on Thursday, January 21, 2021. Ruth crossed over into heaven due to complications from COVID. Ruth is survived by her daughter, Julia Ruth Vaughn, son-in-law Patrick Vaughn from Manassas, VA and their children Alexandra “Allie” Grace Vaughn and William Joseph Vaughn. 

Ruth became an ACPE Certified Educator in 2008 and went on to teach Clinical Pastoral Education to priests, chaplains and professional caregivers to help them give their best spiritual support to those in great need at their end of life.

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ACPE Retired Educator Robert Rogers

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ACPE Retired Educator Robert Rogers died Wednesday, December 2, from a second heart attack. He had a previous attack on Thanksgiving Day. Previous to his retirement, Robert had been active in the St. Louis Cluster and before that in the North Central Region. Prior to his death Robert and his wife Linda resided in Rolla, Missouri.


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ACPE Emeritus Mark Anderson

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ACPE Emeritus Mark Anderson of Minneapolis, passed away peacefully at home on November 5, 2020. Mark is reunited with his family and dear friends he loved. Preceded in death by wife Donna, parents Fritz and Lavinia, brother Joel and sister Kristi Downing. Mark is survived by: children Scott (Karen), Nathan (Jane), Karn; grandsons Justin (Beth), Otis and Andrew; great-grandsons Henry and Walter; step grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brother Oz (Jean), nieces, nephews and the many friends his life graced.  A memorial service is scheduled for December 13, 12 p.m. Central Standard Time on Zoom. The link will be posted on his Caringbridge site.

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ACPE Spiritual Care Professional Sr. Minda Castrillo

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ACPE Spiritual Care Professional Sr. Minda Castrillo died on July 25, 2020. Sr. Minda Castrillo was the Staff Chaplain at St. Francis Hospital for 26 years. Sister Minda was 89 years old. At the end of May, she was admitted to the hospital and found to have a mass. After surgery at the end of June she chose to be on Hospice. She was buried two months after the beginning of her illness. 

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ACPE Retired Educator Louis Bach Hoyer Sr.

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ACPE Retired Educator Louis Bach Hoyer Sr., age 90, of Worthington, passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at the Claremont Retirement Village following an extended illness. The son of Ludolf Joseph Hoyer & Melanie Bach, he was born on August 8, 1930 in Morris, MN. 

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Doris Hoyer; five children, Wayne (Shirley) Hoyer, James (Kathy) Hoyer, Louis (Debra) Hoyer, John Hoyer, and Patricia (Peg) Hoyer; nine grandchildren, Alison, Kellie (Jerrod), Emily, Kaylea, Aaron, Devon, David, Stephanie, and Lindsey; great-grandchildren, Brayden, and Ava; brother, Duane (Karen) Hoyer; sister-in-law, Ruth Warner; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Louis married Doris Eleanor Nicoll on March 21, 1954, together they shared 66 years of marriage. Dr. Hoyer earned his master’s degree in Theology in 1955 and his PhD in Psychology in 1962 from Boston University. Louis later went on to work as a Pastor at Lakeside Methodist Church in Lynn, MA. He taught Clinical Pastoral Education at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, IL and eventually became the Director of Pastoral Counseling Services in Columbus, OH. Dr. Hoyer was a member of Linworth United Methodist Church and was also a member of the Golden Fleece Masonic Lodge.

A memorial service will take place at a later date. The family would like to thank the staff at the Claremont Retirement Village and Capital City Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.


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ACPE Certified Educator Kenneth Blank

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ACPE Certified Educator Kenneth Blank died on September 13, 2020. He lived in Edmond, Oklahoma with his wife of 42 years, Audrey, and was a father and grandfather. A Celebration of Life will be streamed on Monday, September 21, 2020 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM Central Time by the First Presbyterian Church of Edmond, Oklahoma.


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ACPE Retired Educator Sister Agnes Mary Joy M.M. 

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Sister Agnes Mary Joy, M.M. died on August 13th, 2020 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll. NY. She was 89 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 66 years. Agnes was born on June 10, 1931 in Newburgh, NY to Louise McLaughlin Joy and Edward Joy. She had one sister, Mrs. Jane L. Larkin, who pre-deceased her.

Agnes attended the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Philosophy in 1953. She then continued her education and earned a Master’s Degree in History at the Catholic University of America in 1955. After completing her studies, she entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate, Maryknoll, NY on September 2nd, 1954 (from St. Mary Parish, Newburgh, NY). She made her First Profession of Vows at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY on March 7th, 1957 and her Final Vows on March 7th, 1963 in Puerto Armuelles, Panama.

In 1957, after making her First Vows, Sister Agnes was assigned to teach at Colegio San Antonio High School in Puerto Armuelles, Panama. After a few years, in 1963 she relocated to Puebla, Mexico. There, she served as Director of the Jesuit Elementary School until 1967 when she was assigned to the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in Valley Park, MO. She then returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY in 1969 to serve as Assistant Director of the Formal Education Department and to serve on the Orientation Team until 1973. Sister Agnes relocated to Houston, TX in 1973 to serve as Chaplain Intern for the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education Program at Ben Taub Medical Center (located within the Texas Medical Center). In 1979, she was promoted to Supervisor of the Clinical Pastoral Education Program and also served as Director of Chaplains for the hospital for the next 31 years.

Sister Agnes then retired, but remained an active volunteer with the Texas Medical Center. From 2006-2014, she spent her time researching and writing the 60 Year history of Chaplaincy Departments, Prayers, and Pastoral Care in the Hospitals, Clinics, and Health-Care Institution of the Texas Medical Center.


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ACPE Friend Rev. Dr. John F. Shaw

The Rev. Dr. John F. Shaw was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the only child of Scottish immigrant parents. After high school, he moved with his family to Southern California. He received his B.A. in Political Science, and then attended San Francisco Theological Seminary where he met and married Julia Pickard Shaw in 1952. He graduated in 1954 and began his career as a Presbyterian minister in a small church in Idaho. As his young family grew, his pastoral call took him to churches in Arizona and California where his passion to serve others led him to a new career as a hospital chaplain. He earned his PhD in Pastoral Counseling in 1982 as he served as a chaplain at Santa Monica Hospital. While the work was emotionally draining, he felt honored to support and care for families in times of crisis. He retired in 1989 as the Director of Pastoral Care at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Washington. He continued to support the expansion of pastoral care through an endowed chair for the Study of Pastoral Care at the San Francisco Theological Seminary. He was a dedicated volunteer, serving as the President of Bellevue Rotary, and on the boards of Overlake Hospital, United Way of King County, the Seattle Symphony, Presbyterian Retirement Communities Northwest and the advisory board of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. He was almost 91 years-old when he died in Seattle, Washington. He is survived by four children: Jeff, Juliann Phillips, James and Jennifer Shaw, 13 grandchildren and an ever-growing number of great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Julia and his son John F. Shaw, Jr. 


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