Dr. Joseph Francis Shields, 79, of Westminster, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at home.
Born May 27, 1934, in Chester, Pa., he was the son of the late Rita Kenney Shields and Joseph Francis Shields. He was the husband of Catherine N. Shields.
Before retiring, he was most recently employed as the first president of Carroll Community College. He also worked as the Director of Admissions and the Dean of the Munich Campus at the University of Maryland. He coached high school football at Millsboro High in Delaware.
He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from West Chester University, and his doctorate from the University of Maryland.
He served in the 82nd Airborne of the Army in the medical unit. He also served on the Carroll Hospice Board, Maryland School for the Deaf Board and was selected for Who's Who of West Chester University. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church and the Rotary Club
He was very proud of his family. In his youth, he enjoyed motorcycles and football. He loved his many dogs, St. Patrick's Day and mentoring people he called "Joe's Boys," through his career at Prince George's Community College, the University of Maryland and Carroll Community College.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are daughter and son-in-law C. Linda Gingerich and husband David, of Brunswick; son and daughter-in-law J. Michael Shields and wife Laurie, of Union Bridge; grandchildren Kate and husband Jay Gonzalez, of Hanover, Va., Maegan Reinhardt, of Union Bridge, Joseph P. Shields and fiancee Kayla Shrewsbury, of Westminster, Charles Reinhardt Jr., of New Windsor, and Kara Kroshl and husband Mark, of Jacksonville, N.C.
He was predeceased by sisters Rose Bryan, Collette Bellerjeau and Kathleen Ketrick.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St., Westminster, with the Rev. John Lesnick officiating. A luncheon will follow at St. John Portico.
Private inurnment with military honors will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Finksburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157; Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Rd., Westminster, MD 21157; or the
, 1393 Progress Way, Eldersburg, MD 21784.
Arrangements are by Fletcher Funeral & Cremation Services in Westminster.
Online condolences may be offered at www.fletcherfuneralhome.net
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