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Dr. Thomas G. Shanahan, 54, of Springfield, died on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 at his residence. Thom was born March 3, 1957 in Chicago, the son of Edmond and Elizabeth Rover Shanahan. He married Gloria Slattery on May 21, 1982 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Freeport, IL. Thom was a graduate of St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights. He served his country in the United States Army as a medic and was stationed in Korea at the 38th Parallel. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Thom went on to receive his MD from Northwestern Medical School in Chicago. He served his residency at University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI, specializing in radiation oncology. He also developed the belly board while at the University of Wisconsin and it is still in use today. Thom served on staff at Chicago Prostate Cancer Center for many years. While living in Champaign, he was a radiation oncologist and served at Carle Clinic from 1990-2000. He was also a professor at Parkland Community College for the radiation technology program. Thom was a board member of the Boys and Girls Club, a member of Indian Princesses, helped build The High School of St. Thomas More, and was a member of St. Matthew's Church. From 2000 until present, Thom was the clinical assistant professor for the department of surgery, SIU School of Medicine, and employed by University Radiologists at Memorial Medical Center, specializing in brachytherapy. Thom was an internationally recognized brachytherapist speaker, teacher, and mentor specializing in seed implants and prostate cancer treatment. He taught in South Africa, Trinidad, Jamaica and throughout the United States. He served on the board of directors of the American Brachytherapy Society and was on the Best Doctors in America Group list from 1995 until present. Thom had a 65% cure rate for his prostate cancer patients. He was a dedicated professional with high ethical principles that never wavered. He enjoyed traveling, boating, water sports, gemology, watching his daughters play sports and participate in their school activities. Thom was a very generous and giving man. Thom served as Ward 1 Alderman on the Springfield City Council from January to April, 2011. He was a member of Christ the King Church in Springfield. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Terrence J. Shanahan. He is survived by his wife of 30 happy years, Gloria Shanahan of Springfield; three daughters, Michelle Grace of Seoul, South Korea, Angela Elizabeth of Chicago and Kelly Ann of Springfield; siblings, E. Michael (wife, Catherine) Shanahan of Austin, TX, Mary Elizabeth Shanahan of Naples, FL, Robert James (wife, Catherine) of Arlington Heights, and Julie Marie (husband, John) Shanahan-Armentrout of Burbank, CA; many aunts and uncles; eight nieces, four nephews and many cousins. Visitation: Family will receive friends from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1930 Barberry Dr., Springfield. Visitation will begin with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass: 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 524 E. Lawrence, Springfield, with Rev. Peter Harman Celebrant. Private family burial will be held at a later date at St. Michael the Archangel in Palatine, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Central Illinois Foodbank, 2000 E. Moffat, Springfield, IL 62702 or St. Viator High School, 1213 E. Oakton St., Arlington Heights, IL 60004, or The High School of St. Thomas More, 3901 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign, IL 61822. The family of Dr. Thomas G. Shanahan is being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Nov. 12, 2011
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