David G. Shappirio

Ann Arbor, Michigan


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SHAPPIRIO, PROF. DAVID GORDON Prof. David Gordon Shappirio died on Sunday, July 27, 2014, passing away peacefully after fighting several health issues over the last few years. David was born on June 18, 1930 in Washington, DC to Rebecca and Solomon Shappirio and was the older brother to Joel....

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Oh, Ellie, Susan and Mark, and children, your family is part of so many of our sweet Ann Arbor and U of M memories. Billy did not become close to many people, but David was one of his most cherished friends. Of course, early on there was their shared love of splendid music, their wonderful piano duets at our house or yours. Their quirky sense of humor. Their dedication to their students and the fields of work they loved so much. And remember our wonderful family expedition to the quarry...

David's commitment to academic excellence and his dedication to teaching and mentoring have provided inspiration to several generations of scholars. His leadership of the LSA Honors Program, nationally competitive scholarship competitions, and the University of Michigan chapter of Phi Beta Kappa have left behind a firm foundation for the continued success of those programs. Personally, I will miss his quirky sense of humor, his enjoyment of the most obscure aspects of the natural world, his...