Jack G. Shiller
1928 - 2021
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Jack G. Shiller
Dr. Jack G. Shiller, a longtime Westport resident, died in his home in Redding, CT on January 13, 2021. He was 92.
Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1928, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1947 and from the Columbia Medical School in 1952. After training at Bellevue Hospital and The Babies Hospital in New York City, he was board certified in pediatrics and served in his profession for several decades. He established his own private practice in Westport before forming Willows Pediatric Group in 1973 with Dr. Albert Beasley. He was active on the staff of Norwalk Hospital, where he started the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and later served as Interim Chief of Pediatrics. He continued academic ties to Babies Hospital as teaching staff and served as director of Public Health for the Westport Weston Health District.
Jack is a recipient of the Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal for his service in the United States Air Force as Captain of the 47th tactical hospital stationed at Sculthorpe, England. He continued his service to the people by being an advocate of equal representation, disease prevention, and education during and after helping to form the Westport-Weston Health District in 1967, becoming the first of what are now 20 such districts in the state. He was awarded the title of Champion of Immunization by the Governor of Connecticut.
Jack was very proud of his published works. Specifically, "Childhood Illness and Childhood Injury: A Commonsense Approach", which allowed for new parents to recognize and treat common childhood ailments and injuries at home. This practical resource acted as a Google Search before Google existed and set the standard for the industry and is still relevant today.
He is survived by daughter Bethanne McCarthy and husband Steven of Savannah, GA, son Stephen Shiller and wife Emily of Ridgefield, CT, and son Andrew David Shiller and wife Raaya of Jerusalem, Israel, his brother Marvin Shiller and wife Annie of Manhattan, as well as his grandchildren Shane and Krystle, Jessica, Matthew, Samantha, and Naama.
A graveside funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 17th at The Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Flushing Queens, New York. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only immediate family will be in attendance. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in memoriam in the name of Dr. Jack Shiller to Shriners Hospitals for Children at http://bit.ly/jackshiller in order to continue Jack's legacy of helping children and keeping them healthy.



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Published in Westport-News & The Ridgefield Press & Wilton Bulletin & The Hour on Jan. 15, 2021.
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January 23, 2021
Dr. Shiller was our family's pediatrician probably from he 50's to the 70's. For all four of the Jackson girls. In the days when doctors did house calls. And we lived all the way out in Weston! We adored him. Finally when we got ready to graduate from college he told us we needed to find an adult doctor. My condolences to his family!
Linda Jackson
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January 17, 2021
Thank you Dr Shiller for all your great guidance and medical expertise through the years, and for your books which were so good for parents to read and learn from. Rest in Peace.
an 80's to 2005 willows parent
January 16, 2021
The news of Jack’s passing leaves a huge hole in the fabric of what was a great pediatric community. Jack was one of the reasons our family located to Norwalk to practice pediatrics. His knowledge compassion willingness to share along with like minded colleagues made this a great community. He will be missed and remembered
Norman Weinberger
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