SHAPIRO--Joseph G. The Hofstra community is deeply saddened by the passing of Joseph G. Shapiro, Class of 1954, a devoted friend and benefactor who was awarded the University's Alumnus of the Year Award in September 2013. Mr. Shapiro and his wife, Libby (also Class of 1954), established the Libby and Joseph Shapiro Endowed Distinguished Academic Scholarship and the Eva and Benjamin Shapiro Memorial Scholarship at Hofstra University. They also created the Joseph and Libby Shapiro Family Foundation, which generously donates to educational, religious, health, and civic institutions and organizations. Mr. Shapiro served as co-chair of Hofstra's 2004 Gala Ball honoring Monsignor Thomas Hartman, which was successful in funding an academic chair in Catholic studies at Hofstra. Also in 2004 Hofstra dedicated the Libby and Joseph G. Shapiro Alumni House in honor of the Shapiros' loyalty and generosity to Hofstra. In 2010 Mr. Shapiro was honored at the University's 14th Annual Gala and was presented with the Hofstra University Presidential Medal of Honor. He received Hofstra's Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award and its George M. Estabrook Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Shapiro served as chairman and CEO of Commander Enterprises, a family-owned real estate investment company. He earned a BBA from Hofstra University where he was also a member of Epsilon Sigma fraternity. He served in the United States Army and saw active duty in Korea, and he held numerous business and professional affiliations during his career. These included director of Fleet Bank, Long Island Association, and Oil Heat Institute of Long Island; chairman of the Long Island Heart Council, American Heart Association, Glen Cove Zoning Board of Appeals, and New York State Joint Legislative Committee of Environmental Management of Natural Resources; board member of the Broward Sheriff's Advisory Council; and member of the Royal Knights of Chivalry for Cancer Research. To honor the memory of Mr. Shapiro, all Hofstra University flags were lowered to half-staff. Janis M. Meyer Chair, Hofstra University Board of Trustees; Stuart Rabinowitz President, Hofstra University
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Published in The New York Times on Jan. 7, 2014