Allan Shapiro
Class of 1954


©Published on August 27, 2006

Allan W. Shapiro, OD, MO February 16, 1936 - August 16, 2006

Allan Shapiro Dr. Allan W. Shapiro passed away on August 16, 2006, at Bruns House Hospice in Alamo, CA, following treatment for recently diagnosed cancer.

Son of Betty and Max Shapiro of Oakland, CA, Allan attended Cleveland Grammar School and Oakland High School. He pursued his education at the University of California at Berkeley, where he was an active and beloved member of the Kappa Nu Fraternity. He obtained an A.B. degree in zoology; a B.S. degree in optometry; an O.D. in optometry, and a M. Opt. in optometry. During his career, Dr. Shapiro acted as a consultant in the Pediatric Ophthalmology Dept. at UCSF, and at the Department of Ophthalmology at SF General Hospital, as well as an instructor and worldwide lecturer. He was a life member of the University of California Alumni Association, a member of the California Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, the Better Vision Institute, former member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Optometric Association, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Eyetis Foundation at the former Ralph K. Davies Medical Center. He remained active in private practice at 490 Post Street in San Francisco until his recent hospitalization.

Allan leaves behind by his wife and partner of 21 years, Rhonda (Miller) Shapiro and their beloved Wonder Dog, Amos Shapiro; his sister, Doris; a surviving uncle, Dr. Laurence Horowitz; wonderful cousins, and countless numbers of patients and friends. He'll be forever missed by his Miller family in Belleville, IL; father-in-law, Albert L. Miller, Sr. and his life partner, Roberta (Bea) Blackford, and her extended family; brother-in-law, Albert L. Miller, Jr.; sister-in-law, Lisa Miller and niece, Kristina; sister-in-law, Pamela Miller, niece, Emily, and nephews Brent, Tim, Josh and Eli Miller. Allan was pre-deceased in death this year by his friend and brother-in-law, Jerry L. Miller, of Greenville, IL, and his aunt, Virginia Horowitz, of Santa Rosa, CA.

Allan touched so very many people in his lifetime; he took great pleasure in his work, great pride in his family, and tremendous joy in making everyone he met feel special.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, on Saturday, September 9, 2006, at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorial donations be made directly to Bruns House Hospice of Alamo, CA. We would also like to thank the wonderful staff at CPMC for their loving care and support during this very difficult time.
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