Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
July 6, 2013 12:30 am EDT


WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE — Byers Wendell Shaw, 93, of Washington Court House, Ohio, and Palmetto, Fla., died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at 3:20 p.m. EDT at home on Jupiter Street.

Byers was born Feb. 7, 1920, in Danville, Ohio, to Vivian and Walter Shaw. He was a graduate and valedictorian of Danville High School in 1938. In 1942, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with an AB in Chemistry from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. He received his MD degree from Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, in June 1945, and completed his training in General Surgery at Western Reserve University Hospital in 1950.

Dr. Shaw began his practice in general surgery at Fayette County Memorial Hospital in the summer of 1950. His career was interrupted by a two-year stint as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in which he served as a general surgeon from 1953 to 1955. During those years, he and his family were stationed at Camp Atterbury in Indiana and in the Canal Zone in Panama.

Additional academic honors included election to Phi Beta Kappa and to Alpha Kappa Kappa Honorary Medical Fraternity. He was the author of three scientific articles related to his research during residency in Cleveland, and led a study of screening methods for colon cancer in Fayette County.

Dr. Shaw was active in the Lions Club, Symposiarch, the American Cancer Society, and the American Lung Association. He served as President of the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Surgeons in 1975.

A premier Fayette County surgeon for nearly 40 years, his astounding skills saved or made better the lives of countless Ohioans.

Aside from his professional achievements, Byers Shaw was a lifelong fisherman, master vintner (Chateau Laennec), premier knife and pen maker, virtuoso lawn-mower, accomplished slalom water skier (until age 80), awkward but safe snow skier, frustratingly good but infrequent golfer, devoted pheasant hunter, rooftop chimney meat smoker (specialized in cow’s tongue), above average cribbage player, church soloist, elegant color blind dresser (think bow ties, tweed Trilby and mismatched socks), an avid cyclist (after 90) and lately, a prolific sweepstakes contestant.

Byers married thrice: Nancy Lee Kinnear of Geneva, Ohio, in Danville on May 11, 1945; Billie Marie Conley of Mount Sterling, Ohio, on Dec. 19, 1964; Jennifer Beth Lehman of Berne, Ind., on July 16, 1988.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Kenneth; his sister, Florence; his wife, Nancy in 1963, and by Jennifer on Dec. 21, 2012. Byers is survived by his two sons, Bud Shaw and his wife, Rebecca, of Omaha, Neb., and Steve Shaw and his wife, Kimberly, of Cincinnati; his two daughters, Mindy Wise and her husband, Jeff, of Tiffin, Ohio, and Beth Morris and her husband, Tom, of Washington Court House; two sons by marriage, Daryn Smith of Clearwater, Fla., and Monte Smith of Atlanta Ga.; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Monday, at 5 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Washington Court House, with the Rev. Everett L. Miller, pastor at the church, officiating.

A visitation will be held Monday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the church. Following the service, a fellowship meal, for family and friends, will be held in Persinger Hall at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fayette County Memorial Hospital Foundation, 1430 Columbus Ave., Washington Court House, OH 43160.

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