Kenneth Murray Shaw, 89, of Crestview Drive, Westerly, died on November 21, 2022 at the Westerly Hospital. He was born in New London, CT, the son of the late Howard E. Shaw and Miriam Ida Laird.
Mr. Shaw graduated from Chapman Technical High School in New London. He graduated from Teachers College of New Britain, CT. He received a Masters and an advanced degree from UCONN and began his teaching career in Rocky Hill, CT. In 1961, he was appointed the Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Rocky Hill. In 1964 he was hired as an Assistant Superintendent in Ridgefield, CT. In 1968, Mr. Shaw became Superintendent of Schools in North Stonington, CT, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 1991. In a tribute to his many years of service, the Board of Education named the newly constructed library at Wheeler High School the “Shaw Media Center”. During his educational career, Mr. Shaw also taught mathematics and engineering concepts to inmates at Wethersfield and Somers State Prisons. In addition, he was an adjunct professor at the graduate school of education at Easter CT State College where he taught courses in statistics and research in education.
Kenneth was a longtime member of the American Association of School Administrators. He worked with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges where he served as an evaluator of seventeen Conn. and Mass. high schools. He served on numerous boards including Boy Scouts, Child Guidance Clinic of N.E. and the South Eastern Speech and Hearing Clinic. He served as President of the South Eastern CT Aids Project from 1989 to 1997. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Westerly-Pawcatuck YMCA and served as its President from 1990-1992. He was a member of the Mystic Maine Life Aquarium Board of Advisors.
In 1969, the Commissioner of Education appointed him to the Citizens Consulting Committee for the construction of the Ella Grasso Vocational High School. In that capacity, he served on the site selection and curriculum committees. In 1978, the Commissioner of Education appointed him to a state task force whose job it was to determine the future use of the Mystic Oral School. This involved the phasing out of programs for the deaf and recommending alternative uses of the facility.
On September 30, 2005, the North Stonington Education Foundation presented Mr. Shaw with the first annual Distinguished Educator Award for his visionary contributions to education in the Town of North Stonington.
Mr. Shaw served as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a Life Member of the VFW Post 8955 and a Life Member of the Disabled Veterans of America, Josiah Broadfoot Chapter 6. An avid golfer, Mr. Shaw was also a member of the South Eastern New England Senior Golf Association (SENESGA).
Mr. Shaw was predeceased by his loving wife Margaret (Faulise). He is survived by twin daughters, Sandra Gaccione and Susan Shaw; sons, Jeffrey and Steven; stepdaughters, Lynn Nadeau and Laurie Torromeo; a sister Marjorie Rowe of Marco Island, FL; fifteen grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mr. Shaw was also predeceased by twin sons, Richard and Kenneth, Jr.; his stepsister Marilyn Lane; stepdaughter Karen Reed and granddaughter Aimee Reed.
Visiting hours are omitted. A Funeral Liturgy will take place at 10am on Friday at St. Michael Church, 60 Liberty Street, Pawcatuck. Burial will follow at St. Michael Cemetery, Pawcatuck.
Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly is in charge of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com