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ROBERT SHAW

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08/26/1947 - 07/06/2013 Robert William Shaw, a former resident of El Paso, died peacefully at his ranch in Montana after a courageous battle with cancer. Robert was born in Seattle, WA. the third of four boys. His father, a mining executive, moved the family to Salt Lake City, White Pine, Michigan and to El Paso in 1960. Robert attended Wainwright Junior High School and graduated from Irvin High School in 1965. He was an accomplished basketball player and was nicknamed, "The Slasher", during his varsity years. He remained close friends with Reggie McClaskey, a fellow teammate, over the years. Robert attended the University of Texas, was a member of the SAE Fraternity and received his BA in Finance in 1969. He also served in the Marine Corps. Robert began his business career at Texas Instruments followed by a senior management position as an oil and gas consultant for Price Waterhouse in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX. He worked in Jakarta, Indonesia, for two years consulting for the Oil Minister. On the weekends he would travel to Bali, a place that would remain forever special to him. In 1979 Robert relocated to San Francisco, passed his CPA exam and settled in the town of Tiburon, CA. He married his wife of 33 years, Hollis Lufkin, in 1980. Following his employment at Price Waterhouse, Robert was a partner at Coopers & Lybrand, Arthur D. little, and Booz-Allen & Hamilton. In 1992 Robert joined Oracle as Exec. VP responsible for ramping up Oracle's 500 person consulting unit. When he departed six years later Robert had transformed the consulting and vertical markets into a worldwide 15,000strong and over $2.5 billion operation. During his tenure at Oracle he also crewed on Larry Ellison's maxi-boat, Sayonara, and competed in regattas around the world including the 1996 Sydney - Hobart Race. In 1998 Robert became the CEO of USWeb/CKS, one of the largest internet professional service firms, developing websites, advertising campaigns and e-commerce operations for the likes of Apple, Levi's and Schwab. His next leadrship role was in 2001, when Robert became Chairman and CEO of ArcSight, a security firm focused on the idea of enterprise-level security management. He successfully guided the firm's IPO in 2008. Robert had a familiar recipe for success over the years; hiring the right people and keeping them. He learned early on that you are only as good as your employees. Robert and his family moved to their ranch near Bozeman, Montana, in 2004, fulfilling a childhood dream to one day live in the mountains. He continued to commute to Silicon Valley until he retired in 2009, following surgery for bile duct cancer. He continued to enjoy the outdoor pursuits of fly fishing, bird hunting, skiing at Big Sky, horseback riding, golf and piloting his wooden boats on Lake Coeur d'Alene, ID. Most importantly, he spent time with his family. Robert will be forever missed and remembered for his gusto and passion for life, strong work ethic and devotion to his family.Robert is preceded in death by his parents: Harry A. Jr. and Gladys Reynolds Shaw, and older brother, Harry A. III. He is survived by his wife, Hollis, sons: Robert Steel and Zachary, daughter: Brinley, brothers: John R. (Sandra) of Tucson, AZ., Walter T. (Josie) of Wimberley, TX., and numerous, cousins, nieces and nephews. The family extends their heartfelt appreciation to their friends for their love and support, The Block Medical Center, UCSF Hepatobiliary and Executive Health Staff and Hospice of Southwest Montana whose care allowed him to spend his final weeks at his beloved ranch. A celebration of Robert's life was held at his ranch in Montana. The family asks that donations in Robert's memory be made to Hospice of Southwest Montana and Camp Mak-a-Dream.

Published in El Paso Times from July 26 to Aug. 2, 2013
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