Irving S. Shapiro
Irving S. Shapiro

QUEENSBURY - Irving S. Shapiro, Queensbury, died at home on Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, of heart failure.

He was born on May 1, 1918, in Bronx, N.Y., the son of the late William and Clara Shapiro. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by one sister, Anne Weber.

Dr. Shapiro received his Bachelor of Science at City College in 1938, his Master of Science at the NY School of Social Work, and his Ph.D at Columbia University in 1954. His doctoral thesis was concentrating on doctor-patient relations. His education was interrupted when he was drafted as a PFC at the beginning of World War II, rising to the rank of 1st Lt. He taught soldiers in Camp Pickett, Texas, and then went to France two weeks after D-Day, serving the U.S. Army's Medical Administrative Corps until the end of the war in November 1945.

Irving was a part of an originating group started by Mayor LaGuardia to form a health insurance plan for NYC employees - HIP. He also taught at SUNY Downstate Medical College and the School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Dr. and Mrs. Shapiro purchased a farm in Riparius, N.Y., where they lived for 35 years, spending winters in Florida, before moving to Queensbury in 2001. He enjoyed camping, canoeing, good literature and music, folk dancing, travel, water color painting and photography.

His photo exhibit, titled A Soldier's Eye: Europe 1944, was displayed in recent years at the Coral Springs Museum, FL; the Knott Memorial at Union College, Schenectady, N.Y.; the Lapham Gallery at LARAC in Glens Falls; and at Adirondack Community College in Queensbury.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Frances, and his step-daughter, Nora Barth, of Superior, Colo.

Dr. Shapiro's wishes were that his remains be donated to the Anatomical Gift Program of the Albany Medical Center. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Irving's memory may be made to High Peaks Hospice and Palliatiative Care, Inc., 667 Bay Road, Suite 1, Queensbury, NY 12804; Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen St., Glens Falls, NY 12801; Sierra Club, 85 Second St., Second Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105; ACLU, 125 Broad St., 18th Floor, NY, NY 10004; or Natural Resources Defence Council, P.O. Box 1830, Merrifield, VA 22116.

Special thanks are given to Dr. John Sawyer, the Warren County Public Health Nurses, and the nurses of High Peaks Hospice.

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