LOIS BANFILL SHAW

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Unitarian Universalist Church
100 Welsh Park Dr
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 762-7666
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SHAW LOIS BANFILL SHAW Lois Banfill Shaw died September 10, 2016 at the age of 92. She was born in Billings, Montana and moved with her family as a teenager to San Diego. At Pt. Loma High School she met two of the most important people in her life: her English teacher Miss Clark, and her friend and later husband Richard F. Shaw (1924-2015). Her teacher encouraged her to apply for a scholarship at U-C Berkeley, where she went on to graduate Phi Beta Kappa. Her long and happy marriage to Richard was a true partnership of equals. With their growing family they made several moves for his academic career. In the early 1960s Lois became increasingly discontented with the role of housewife. She entered graduate school at the University of Michigan in 1964, and obtained a PhD in economics at a time when there were few women in the profession. Later moves were made to allow her to pursue career opportunities. Her work included research on such issues as guaranteed income maintenance, women's labor force participation, and Social Security. She authored several books and numerous articles. Having come to her career relatively late in life, she was especially interested in economic issues related to middle-aged working women and women in old age. Lois was one of several women economists of her generation featured in the book Engendering Economics. She was a long-time member of the International Association of Feminist Economists and travelled to many international conferences. After her retirement from the General Accounting Office she continued to work well into her eighties at the Institute for Women's Policy Research in Washington, DC. She had a wide range of interests that included classical music, mystery stories, and the Detroit Tigers. She loved to plan trips and travel to new places, while retaining a special affinity for the landscapes of the western United States. A gentle soul, she could be fiery on topics related to injustice, racism, and poverty. She will be greatly missed. Survivors include children Rachel (John), Alan (Anne), Sarah (Petr), Wayne (Anna), and grandson Max. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. November 12 at the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Rockville, 100 Welsh Drive, Rockville, MD. Donations may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center.A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. November 12 at the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Rockville, 100 Welsh Drive, Rockville, MD. Donations may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 3, 2016
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