ROBERT SHROPSHIRE Robert Shropshire, of Santa Fe, NM, formerly of Los Alamos, Vienna, Johannesburg, Tokyo, and New York, passed away surrounded by family at his daughter Julia's home in Massachusetts, following a 7-year battle with cancer. A son of the late William Shropshire and late Julia Mabel Perno, Robert was born July 3, 1941 in Astoria, New York, and educated in Hauppauge public schools, where he lettered in cross country, soccer, track and wrestling. Later he was inducted into the High School Athletics Hall of fame. Robert received a BS and MS in nuclear engineering from Columbia University. Robert joined the US Navy and served on the USS Sam Houston, the first nuclear submarine service. Following this, Robert worked all over the world as a nuclear engineer finally settling in Los Alamos, NM. He worked for nuclear non-proliferation at Los Alamos and with the IAEA in Vienna and Japan, for the good of mankind. Robert loved the arts. As a young man he played jazz trombone and continued to love jazz for the remainder of his life. He also loved fine art and when he retired from nuclear engineering he opened an art gallery in memory of his late son, Justin Robert Shropshire. In addition, Robert was an avid athlete, running marathons and ultramarathons here and overseas, including the 56-mile Comrades marathon. He also hiked Mt. Fuji on one of his many trips to Japan. Robert is survived by his two daughters, Julia L. Hannon and Elana A. Shropshire-Hongthong of Massachusetts; their mother and his former spouse, Lenore E. Maue; stepchildren Alexander and Marina Schachowskoj; grandchildren Phoebe Hannon, Daniel Hannon, Chloe Hannon, and Griffin Hongthong; devoted friends from New York, New Mexico, Minnesota and overseas, as well as many dear cousins from Long Island. An international man of mystery with impossibly high standards and a great capacity for fun, he will be terribly missed. A gathering to celebrate Robert's amazing life will be held Saturday, May 10, at 5 pm at Justin Robert Galleries, 307 Johnson Street, Santa Fe. If you wish to attend, RSVP to email@example.com. Please make a donation to your favorite dance, music, or arts organization in honor of Robert's dedication to and love of the arts.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on May 7, 2014