Alumnus Celebrates Birthday at Meeman Center


Publication Date: 10/17/2007

Bud Richey (right) commends Norm Shapiro ′38 for his belief in the value of lifelong learning.

Dr. Norman D. Shapiro of Memphis, Rhodes class of 1938, celebrated his 90th birthday Oct. 10 with friends at Rhodes′ Meeman Center for Lifelong Learning. Shapiro, who retired from medical practice in 2006, began taking continuing education classes at the Meeman Center in 1997. Since then, he has taken 118 classes (for  a  total of 824 hours) from 10 Rhodes faculty there, several of whom attended the birthday celebration. Friends from past and current classes also attended, joining the champagne toast before class that evening.

Bud Richey, associate vice president of  College Relations, presented Shapiro a red Rhodes sweatshirt and commended him on fulfilling the Rhodes Vision of aspiring "to graduate students with a lifelong passion for learning, a compassion for others and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world."

In addition, the Meeman Center presented Shapiro a plaque and gave a book in his honor,  The Five Books of Moses: A Translation and Commentary, by Robert Alter, to Rhodes′ Paul Barret Jr. Library.