Dr. Robert Byers Shaw, 97, of Potsdam


A memorial service for 97 year old Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Byers Shaw of Potsdam will be held Thursday, November 14 at 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church in Potsdam with Rev. Deborah Packard officiating.

A reception will follow in the Presbyterian Center.

Dr. Shaw died at the St. Regis Nursing Home in Massena, NY on November 10, 2013.

Survivors include his wife Frances of Potsdam; two step-sons, Charles of Cortez, CO, James and his wife Normelina Deitz of Weedsport, NY; a step-daughter, Patricia and her husband Christopher Cocozello of Long Valley, NJ; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

“Bob” was predeceased by three brothers: Richard “Dick” Nesbit Shaw, Roland C. Shaw, and David Vere Shaw.

Robert was born in Cambridge, MA October 11, 1916, the son of Adrian Vere and Helen (Byers) Shaw. He grew up on Wellesley, MA. Robert earned his BA and MA degrees from Dennison University in Granville, Ohio.

Dr. Shaw received his PhD with Distinction from Harvard University Business School. His thesis was written on “The Railroads of India."

He served in the U. S. Army in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Following the war, Dr. Shaw served in the U. S. Foreign Service at embassies in Scotland and Rangoon, Burma. He also worked in France before coming to Clarkson University, retiring in 1982. During his tenure at Clarkson, Dr. Shaw was a professor of finance and history.

Upon retirement, he also taught for several years at SUNY Potsdam College. He received the honor of “Professor Emeritus” from both Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam College. He authored several books and hundreds of papers on his subject field and his personal hobbies (of which he had many).

He was married to Frances (Wodenscheck) Deitz on August 13, 1983 in Cato, New York.

“Bob” was an avid railroad historian, a member of many railroad clubs including the Norwood Model Railroad Club, supporter of the Potsdam Humane Society, and active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Potsdam, and an honorary Trustee of the Potsdam Public Library.

If friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Potsdam Public Library, Potsdam First Presbyterian Church, or the Potsdam Humane Society.

Arrangements are with the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam, NY.

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