William Danks Shephard Ph.D.
1933 - 2017
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William Danks

Shephard PhD

July 8, 1933 - July 28, 2017

GRANGER - William Danks Shephard, PhD, 84, of Granger, was born on July 8, 1933 in Gary, IN, to William Harold and Lydia Ann (Danks) Shephard. He died at home on Friday, July 28. On July 25, 1954 he was married in Buffalo, NY to Barbara Ann Parker. She died in 1996. On May 24, 2003 in First Presbyterian Church of South Bend he married Nancy Stauffer Kavadas, who survives. Also surviving are a stepdaughter, Jennifer Ann Kavadas of North Richland Hills, TX, and a stepson, James Carlyle (Robin) Kavadas of Granger; seven grandchildren: Reagan Carlisle Naughton, Delaney MacRae Naughton and Abigail Roseanna Naughton of North Richland Hills; Abigail Catherine Trott, Nikolos Siade Kavadas, Carlyle James Kavadas and Tess Elizabeth Kavadas, of Granger; a nephew, Michael G. (Janet) Parr and grandniece, Danielle Hope Parr of Hanover Park, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Nancy Parr.

He graduated in 1950 from Horace Mann High School, Gary. He received his bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University, CT, and his MS and PhD in physics from the University of Wisconsin. He then went to the University of Kentucky as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Shephard joined the faculty at the University of Notre Dame in 1963 where he, along with Professor V. Paul Kenney, founded the Notre Dame High Energy Elementary Particle Physics group. Dr. Shephard and the group carried out experiments at Argonne National Lab, Brookhaven National Lab, Fermilab and CERN (in Geneva, Switzerland) over the years resulting in more than 200 refereed publications and some 90 published papers in conference proceedings. Professor Shephard was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the Max-Planck Institut for Physik (Munich) in 1962-63, and a Guest Professor at the University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands) in 1975-76. He was a co-organizer of several International Symposia on Multiparticle Dynamics and was asked to speak at many international conferences. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of South Bend where he served as an Elder, Deacon and chairman of the Finance Committee. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Center for Hospice, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545, or to the University of Notre Dame, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556-46556 for the William D. Shephard Family Fellowship for the benefit of PhD students in experimental high energy physics. Friends may visit with the family from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 31st, at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd., South Bend. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 1st, at First Presbyterian Church, 333 W. Colfax, South Bend, with Rev. Dr. Adelia Kelso officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Notre Dame, IN. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com

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Published in South Bend Tribune on Jul. 30, 2017.
04:00 - 07:00 PM
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September 17, 2018
I remember Bill well from my 5 years in the Physics PhD program at Notre Dame (1986 to 1991). A great man, fond memories of his friendship to me and all graduate students. An old Irish blessing - Ar dheis De go raibh a anam uasal. (This message is so late as I live in Ireland now for many years.)
Michael Mc Gettrick
July 31, 2017
Our most heartfelt condolences, Nancy!
We are abroad and cannot be present at the services but will try to come and see you after we return.
Having known Bill for 35 years now, I want to proclaim in the loudest manner that he was a wonderful person and a great human being, in addition to being a successful and highly-regarded scientist. And, his sense of humor was unique and extraordinary!
We will miss him.
May God grant him eternal peace and to you the strength to deal with the grief.
Anita and Umesh
Anita and Umesh Garg
July 31, 2017
I will always remember Bill as a great friend and mentor. We shared many good times with Bill and Barb. I'll never forget how much fun he had beating Ray Bolduc and me at squash long ago. He will be missed.
All our best wishes and condolences go to Nancy and their family.
Pat Higgins
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