Edward Irwin Shaw

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Edward Irwin Shaw, 90 of Lawrence died May 5, 2017 at his home. Edward was born January 17, 1927 in Long Island, New York the son of Daniel and Edna “Etta” (Bath) Shaw.

He received his Bachelor and Master Degrees from the University of Missouri and received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.

He was a Professor of Radiation Biophysics and taught Biology for the University of Kansas for 40 years from 1956-1996.

Edward had a great love for the outdoors, he was an avid birder and enjoyed photography.

He was a longtime member of the Jayhawk Audubon Society.

Edward married Cynthia Blackhall on June 27, 1980 in Lawrence, KS. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include two daughters, Jennifer Shaw, Sandra Shaw; son, Daniel Shaw; step-son, Jay Clinton; four grandchildren, Joseph Shaw, William Shaw, Shannon Shaw and Samuel Shaw.

3 Condolences

  1. Thad Holcombe on May 10, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Ed and Cynthia were both faithful participants for years in the University Forum sponsored by the Ecumenical Campus Ministries at KU. Ed and Cynthia always sat in the same place at the same table for lunch and read the Kansas before lunch was served. He was one who suggested outstanding speakers. He could always be depended upon to ask incisive questions and make comments that that were appreciated by others. When the UF needed a projector, Ed contributed one to ECM.

    I visited them in their home several times and experienced a warm welcome. Ed was always the scientist, which I appreciated. He also was a father who cared deeply about his children.

    The University of Kansas benefited from his passion for teaching and research…he will be missed.

    Thad Holcombe
    ECM@KU Campus Minister (Retired)

  2. Austin Turney on May 11, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Ed was a lively, interesting participant in the University/Community forum. He was one of the group who planned our programs. He was also a presence in the Jayhawk Audubon chapter. He and Cynthia will be remembered.

  3. Jayni Carey on May 11, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Ed was a great guy and I’m glad to have known him. He will be greatly missed. Cynthia, I am so sorry for your loss.

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