DR. CHARLES G. SHEARS, 73, passed away peacefully and was commended into God's hands Saturday morning February 28th, 2009. Dr. Charles G. Shears was born in South Texas on July 17th 1935. Upon graduating from St. Joseph Academy, Charles moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacology. It was while at the University of Texas that Dr. Shears met fellow sophomore, Barbara. They married and moved to Houston so he could earn a second degree in Dentistry. In order to pay for his tuition at the University of Texas Dental School, he worked evenings at Mading's Drugs on West Gray and Shepherd. After graduating with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree he opened his first dental office on McGregor Boulevard in 1961. This was the start of a company to be known as McGregor Dental Centers. Dr. Shears expanded McGregor Dental Centers to 16 locations city-wide with over 100 dentists under management. An astute businessman and visionary, he foresaw a time when patients would receive excellent and consistent care by doctors in multiple locations by standardizing treatments and emphasizing individual attention, thus providing private healthcare within a group environment. He was first to offer corporate contracts to various large employers and designed dental health plans for several of the insurance companies. In 1995 he merged with other dental groups in the country and went public as Monarch Dental in 1996. After such a stellar achievement, Dr. Shears decided to retire from dentistry in order to pursue his second career in the commercial real estate business. He founded Shears Companies, a well known Houston entity specializing in the acquisition and development of retail centers. He built the company into a highly successful organization with properties across the city, while at the same time, establishing a highly successful partnership with the commercial real-estate development firm founded by his son, Charles W. Shears. Dr. Shears was an active member and supporter of St. Anne's Catholic Church and served on its board a number of years. He also supported numerous Catholic schools and churches, including St. Vincent de Paul, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, The Regis School of the Sacred Heart, and St. Thomas High School. His generosity and loving soul will be sadly missed by all those who knew him. Dr. Shears was an avid jogger who could be seen most mornings circling the track at Memorial Park with his wife and jogging buddies. His greatest accomplishment and over-riding passion, however, was his family. Having his family around him was his greatest pleasure in life. Dr. Charles G. Shears is survived by his wife of 49 years, the love of his life, Barbara Faye Shears; his son, Charles W. Shears, and wife Elizabeth Abby Shears, daughters Barbara Lynn Shears, and Sophia Alicia Ellul, wife of Dr. Ivor R. Ellul and eight grandchildren Cameron, Gwyneth, Alec, and Julia Archer, Ali and Christian Ellul, and Charles W. Jr., and Blair Shears. A wake service will be conducted at half-past six o'clock this evening, Tuesday, the 3rd of March, at St. Anne's Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer Road in Houston, where Deacon John Paul Budinger will serve as officiant. Immediately following all are invited to join the family in a reception to be held in the adjacent St. Basil Hall. The Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at ten o'clock in the morning on Wednesday, the 4th of March, at St. Anne's Catholic Church, where Rev. John F. Robbins, C.S.B. will serve as celebrant. Rite of Committal will follow, via an escorted cortege, at Glenwood Cemetery, 2525 Washington Avenue in Houston. In lieu of usual remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in honor of Dr. Charles G. Shears be directed to St Anne's Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77098-1496.
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Published in Houston Chronicle from Mar. 1 to Mar. 3, 2009