Clyde '71 and Barbara Turner Shaw '72

Grateful and Giving

Clyde and Barbara Shaw

Clyde "Bucky Ray" and Barbara "Laverne Boudreaux" Shaw understand the value of unrestricted gifts and plan to give a quarter of their estate to Southwestern.

Barbara Turner was born and raised in Houston, eventually finding her way to Georgetown as a young co-ed. Clyde Shaw, born in Decatur, Texas, grew up in locations around the country and the world, including Dallas, Southern California, Nova Scotia, Houston, Plano, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

Back in Texas as a student at Southwestern University, Clyde met Barbara on campus; they married in 1975 after Barbara had done some graduate work at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Clyde went on to The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB), and completed a pediatric residency at T. John Sealey Hospital in Galveston, Texas. When Clyde received his medical degree, he and Barbara moved to Sherman, Texas, where they opened a pediatrics practice together.

Clyde and Barbara say that while they have no human children, that have a lot of four-legged ones. "We have bred and shown cocker spaniels and Dobermans for more than 30 years. We are both dog show judges and have judged all over the U.S. and the world in places like Europe, Russia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Australia." Their obvious love of travel has taken them to Machu Picchu.

In their spare time, Barbara also paints and Clyde builds stained glass windows.

Because the friendships they made at SU are still their strongest—they have spent every New Year's holiday with Southwestern friends for 35 years—and because they feel that the University helped form who they are today, the Shaws have decided to include Southwestern in their wills.

When their estate, including a 10-acre property, home, art collection and antiques, is liquidated, 25 percent will go to Southwestern as unrestricted funds because the Shaws want to be sure their gift is used in a way that best benefits the University.

"This is our way of showing our gratitude for the great head start in life that we were given (at Southwestern)."

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