Carol Ruth Shepherd, 93, Longtime New Canaan Resident

NEW CANAAN, Conn. — Longtime New Canaan resident Carol Ruth "CR" Shepherd died on Monday, May 2. She was 93.

Carol Ruth Shepherd
Carol Ruth Shepherd Photo Credit: Deborah Burnley

A Bridgeport native, Shepherd graduated from Cornell University in 1944 with a B.S. in home economics, now the School of Human Ecology, where she specialized in nutrition. 

She went on to work in the Army Air Corps in a variety of jobs, including food organization analysis and often talked of painting numbers on airplanes. 

She joined the League of Women Voters in Bridgeport in 1947 alongside her mother. Together their passion for volunteering led her to become Connecticut state president, following her mother's term.

In 1971, Shepherd founded PhotoGraphics Workshop on Elm Street in New Canaan, known to many as PGW. 

In 1993, she joined her husband in founding the Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute with the main headquarters in New Canaan now in Washington DC. 

She is survived by her four children, John Shepherd and his wife Susan Tunick, Marjorie Shepherd Loeper and her husband John, Beth Shepherd Peters and her husband Kenneth, and Benjamin Shepherd and his wife Liz.

Shepherd also is survived by eight grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, nephews and nieces and her sister, Elaine Silver. 

She was predeceased by her husband "Shep" Shepherd, brother, Howard Scott and parents Judge Joseph G. and Helen Shapiro. 

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, May 8 at Temple Sinai, 458 Lakeside Drive, in Stamford. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Temple Sinai and Sabin Vaccine Institute, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 7100 Washington, DC 20006

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