Stanley “Lynn” Shaw, 81, of Smithsburg, MD embarked on a new adventure on June 15, 2022 following a recent diagnosis of end-stage Multiple Myeloma. He died at home, surrounded by his family. The family is most grateful for the immediate and compassionate care of Hospice of Washington County.
He was born July 9, 1940 in Parsons, KS to Mary Alice Linscott, and Stanley Byrne Shaw and was preceded in death by his parents and step-father, Earl Leo Miller.
Lynn will be greatly missed by his wife of 59 years, Jacqueline “Jackie” Shaw, his three daughters, Kathryn Graham and husband John (Bedford, VA), Laura Duvall and husband David (Smithsburg, MD), and Jennifer Shaw and partner Eddie Dawson (Smithsburg, MD); sister Sydney Shaw (Chicago, IL), half-brother Stephen Miller (Austin, TX); grandchildren Savanah Graham (Bedford, VA), Jim Graham (Bedford, VA), Colton Duvall and wife Bri (Knoxville, TN), Madison Duvall and fiancé Kyler DeBruyn (Hudsonville, MI), Thomas Reese and wife Jacqueline (Cape May, NJ), Elena Shaw (Fayetteville, PA), Morgan Reese (Smithsburg, MD); and great grandchild Faolynn Graham (Bedford, VA).
Lynn was enrolled at the Missouri Military Academy (MMA) in Mexico, Missouri in 1950 at the age of 10, and graduated in 1958, awarded Summa Cum Laude and the Legion of Honor, the school’s highest awards.
He continued his education at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA from 1958 to 1962. He was most active in campus life as president of Pi Lambda Phi, Vice-President of the Men’s Honor Council, Battalion Group Commander of ROTC, to name a few. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and was awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, given in recognition of the influence for good, considering characteristics of heart, mind and conduct, shown through love and helpfulness to others.
He was selected as a Distinguished Military Graduate and received his commission as 2nd Lt. in the Regular Army. During his military career, he earned his Masters in Systems Analysis at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Technology (NY) in 1973. Throughout his 20 years of service as an artillery officer, Lynn served in Germany, Korea (twice) and Vietnam in addition to many stateside assignments. He retired as a Lt. Colonel after his Pentagon tour in 1982 and moved to Smithsburg, MD.
Lynn devoted the second half of his life to Jackie’s decorative painting career and together they started Jackie Shaw Studio, Inc. He was the co-editor, layout designer and photographer for the art instruction books they published for numerous artists. He handled the audio/visual aspect of their international teaching program and helped host week long, live-in painting seminars at their home, The Old Stone Mill in Smithsburg.
Lynn was a life-long learner. He loved traveling, reading, music and dancing, opera, photography, woodworking, technology and most of all, he loved talking about and sharing these passions with his family and friends.
He was also very involved in his community, especially with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Greensburg, MD), the Friends of the Smithsburg Library, Ladders to Leaders, Smithsburg Historical Society and Meals on Wheels.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in honor of his love of community to a local charity of your choice.
Services to be determined at a later date.
In Lynn’s own words from his senior year at MMA: “I hope we accomplished some things… at any rate, it was fun trying”.
Arrangements were made by J.L. Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg, MD and online condolences may be offered at www.jldavisfh.com.
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