Mer­rill B. Shat­tuck

July 9, 1925 - Septem­ber 24, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

in­clud­ing Dig­i­tal Equip­ment Corp. and Varian As­so­ciates. He lived hap­pily with Norma in Berke­ley and Oak­land from the 1980s, where they en­joyed the Berke­ley Sym­phony, Berke­ley Reper­tory The­atre, and the Oak­land Mu­seum of Cal­i­for­nia. For a time, he served as pres­i­dent of Phi Beta Kappa, North­ern Calif. Mel prized ed­u­ca­tion, facts, and fair­ness, and had he still been able to fully com­pre­hend and re­tain what he read in his daily pa­per (a life­long habit that never waned, de­spite his ill­ness), he would have been ap­palled at the turn his na­tion has taken. As it was, he re­mained cheer­ful, kind, and funny; he was a shame­less pun­ster un­til nearly the end. He loved time with fam­ily above all. In ear­lier years he en­joyed cook­ing, gar­den­ing, and mu­sic, and he sang bari­tone in choirs as a young man. He was a very tal­ented ama­teur pho­tog­ra­pher and loved na­ture – es­pe­cially Lake Ta­hoe, and an­i­mals – es­pe­cially dogs. His fam­ily would be very ap­pre­cia­tive of do­na­tions made in his honor to the East Bay SPCA or The Na­ture Con­ser­vancy of Calif.

Mer­rill B. (“Mel”) Shat­tuck died at age 93, of nat­u­ral causes and as­so­ci­ated Alzheimer’s Disease. He lived and was cared for in South­ern Calif. the last sev­eral years, near daugh­ter Wendy E. Shat­tuck, son-in-law Erik J. Strom­vall, and adored grand­daugh­ter Siri Mer­rill Strom­vall. He is also sur­vived by brother and sis­ter-in-law Whit­ney W. and Sheri Shat­tuck of Mass.; daugh­ters from a first mar­riage, Deb­o­rah Hol­man and Suzanne Miller of Calif., and their sons; and neph­ews and nieces. Mel was greatly af­fected by the loss in re­cent years of his wife of 52 years (oc­ca­sional Chron­i­cle free­lancer) Norma J. Shat­tuck, and youngest brother Seth M. Shat­tuck of Mass.; and of beloved son Keith Carl Shat­tuck in 1979. An Ea­gle Scout liv­ing an es­pe­cially ac­tive, out­doorsy, “boy’s life” of the day, Mel left his home in Moun­tain Lakes, NJ, at age 16 for Brown Uni­ver­sity, even­tu­ally earn­ing a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in psy­chol­ogy, Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. His stud­ies were in­ter­rupted when he en­listed at 18 in the Army In­fantry, serv­ing in World War II in com­mu­ni­ca­tions and then the Para­troops (now the Air­borne). Af­ter earn­ing a master’s de­gree in in­dus­trial psy­chol­ogy from Univ. of Wis­con­sin, Madi­son, he be­gan a long ca­reer, mainly as an ex­ec­u­tive search con­sul­tant in San Fran­cisco and head­ing his own firm for many years. He was very proud of his work help­ing to fill the ex­ec­u­tive lead­er­ship ranks of early Sil­i­con Val­ley tech firms

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