Shiras, George George Shiras, 86, retired public-relations executive and longtime resident of Shorewood, WI, passed away quietly on June 17, 2011, at the Lighthouse in Mequon, WI. Husband of Ruth Dennis Shiras and father of Robin (Ed) Shiras-Cody, St. Louis, MO, Tracy (Scott Justice) Shiras, Milwaukee, WI and Leif (Maria) Shiras, Laguna Hills, CA. Grandfather to Kevin Dowlen, Austin, TX, Emmett and Austin Shiras, Laguna Hills, CA. He is also step-grandfather to, Joe, Katie and Caroline Cody. Father-in-law to Ed Cody, Maria McDonough Shiras and Scott Justus. Son of George Bartram and Grace Moore Shiras of Pelham Manor NY, and brother to Elizabeth (Betty) Macomber, George was born Dec. 16, 1924 in New Rochelle, NY. He was an accomplished athlete at Pelham Memorial High School in track, swimming and football. He attended Princeton University, Class of 1946, and was member of Phi Beta Kappa, captain of the 150 pound football team and a member of Cottage Club. Military service in World War II interrupted Princeton. In 1942, after basic training, George was assigned to France as a medical technician. He worked in medical tents near the front and drove an ambulance. He later boarded a troopship in Nice for transfer to the Pacific Theater. At sea, news came that hostilities had ended so he was returned to Fort Hill in New Jersey. He later returned to Princeton to complete his education and graduated in 1948. His senior thesis at Princeton, "Women in Crisis", earned him an A+ and helped secure his first position in market research and public relations in New York. He later took employment with Life magazine in the Chicago bureau where he met coworker, Ruth Dennis. They married March 21, 1952 in Pelham Manor, NY and settled in Rowayton, Connecticut. George took a position with Barkin Herman and Associates, a public relations firm in Milwaukee in 1963. His work included the original Milwaukee Circus Parade and the Lakefront Festival of the Arts. A longtime squash and tennis player, George won the squash singles championship at the University Club in consecutive years. He played tennis during summers at the Lakeshore Club. He passed along this love of sport and competition, plus a deep respect for scholarship, and a warm sense of family to his children and his extended family. Family will greet friends on Thursday, June 30, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at the Feerick Funeral Home followed by a memorial service with military honors at 6:30 PM. Interment at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery will be private for the family. Memorials in George's name may be made to Lighthouse of Mequon, 3111 West Mequon Road, Mequon, WI 53092 or Odyssey Hospice, 10150 West National Avenue, West Allis, WI 53227 or Alzheimer's Association
, 620 S. 76th Street, Suite 160, Milwaukee, WI 53214-1549.
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Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Jun. 26, 2011.