In Memory of G. Jerry Shaw
It is with great sadness that Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C. announces the passing of the law firm’s founder, George Jerome (Jerry) Shaw, Jr.
A man committed to his country and the federal community, Jerry’s life in public service started as a young man in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps while completing his undergraduate degree. He went on to serve as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army, completing a tour in Vietnam and receiving numerous commendations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Jerry was eventually honorably discharged at the rank of Captain, and returned to civilian life in pursuit of another way to serve. He went to law school and took up a job with the IRS upon completion, and after more than a decade in the Office of the Chief Counsel, he saw the void where career executives were in need of a voice.
He was a founder of the Senior Executives Association (SEA) in 1980, and served as the Association’s first president until leaving to found the law firm in 1982. But his dedication to the organization and the federal community never waned. He served as the General Council and lobbyist for SEA until 2003 and went on to found the Public Employees Roundtable – a consortium of associations that represent government employees and which launched Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) in 1985 – and the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) – which provides scholarships to civilian federal and postal employees and their families, as well as emergency grants, and no-interest loans to federal employees in need.
“Jerry was a visionary,” said Debra Roth, Jerry's former law partner. “He came to the table with an idea, but, unlike most people, he didn’t just leave it there. He worked to stand it up, to find people whose passion for the cause would carry it on; and the fruits of his labor can still be seen today, more than 30 years later.”
Jerry’s legacy lives on through the firm and the other organizations he was instrumental in the creation of; an additional tribute to his work can be found on SEA’s website.
To those seeking to honor and celebrate Jerry’s memory, we ask that you consider making a charitable donation in his name to FEEA – which has provided more than $13 million in scholarships and $12 million in emergency financial assistance since its inception.
A funeral Mass at St. Edmond's Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware (409 King Charles Ave.) will be held at 1:00pm on Monday, June 13, followed by internment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Dagsboro, DE (32112 Vines Creek Rd.).
- From the Shaw Bransford & Roth family
Read the following article about Jerry Shaw's life and legacy by Federal News Radio's Mike Causey – One of a Kind: Jerry Shaw