Lawrence Shapiro Bio




Lawrence Jay Shapiro, M.D., was born March 11, 1932, in New York City. One of three children, he came with his family to Phoenix where he attended North High School. He met his future bride, Glenna Jones, while taking classes at Arizona State University and moved to California where he earned his bachelor’s degree at Stanford University in 1953. He then relocated to Denver where he graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He completed fellowships in pediatrics and gastroenterology with the Universities of Illinois, Colorado and California (Los Angeles). 


Lawrence and Glenna married Aug 20, 1960, and had three children: Susan in 1961, followed by twin sons Steven and David 1965.


Dr. Shapiro maintained a gastroenterology practice in Phoenix while serving the Arizona medical community in Medicare quality improvement leadership roles. He founded Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), a nonprofit organization devoted to improving medical service delivery through expert peer review, and continued to serve as chairman of the board after recently transferring control of the company to its employees. 

He also served on the boards of several other organizations including Blue Shield Arizona, the Arizona Medical Association, St. Joseph’s Hospital, the American Medical Peer Review Association, the American Health Quality Association, and the Leadership Task Force; and he served as president of the Maricopa Foundation for Medical Care. In 1972 and 1978, he was awarded Distinguished Service medals for community service by the Maricopa County Medical Society. He received the 2004 Laureate Award from the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Physicians, which recognizes recipients who uphold “the high ideals and professional standards for which the college is known.”

 
In addition to all of his work in the medical community, Lawrence served for many years as a director of M&I Bank (previously Thunderbird Bank), was a founding member and former president of Physicians for the Phoenix Symphony, and with his wife, Glenna, supported numerous charitable organizations.

Lawrence and Glenna were together when they died Jan. 30, 2012. Lawrence is survived by his three children, Susan, 50, David (Anneliese) and Steven (Tamara), 46; and by his four grandchildren, Audrey, 5, Scarlett, 3, Tess, 18 mos., and Samuel, 2 mos.


13 comments:

  1. Larry and Glenna were two of the most elegant, gracious, and generous people we've every known. The world is just darker without them. We are incredibly broken hearted over the loss. Our love, hearts and prayers are with their family. It is incomprehensible the magnitude of ignorant, soullness evil that would commit this kind of devastation to the most wonderful couple. There is not a way to express how much they will be missed. They were amazing people that had special auras that radiate from the truly blessed and good.

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  2. Joel Revzen Feb 1st 2012February 1, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Larry and Glenna were among our most treasured friends. Their intelligence, grace, generosity of spirit and dedication to the community will be remembered throughout our lives. The shock and profound sadness created by this senseless tragedy has profoundly affected all who knew them. May their souls be bound together in eternal life and may the entire Shapiro family be comforted in this time of grief knowing how beloved Larry and Glenna were.

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  3. Mary Ellen HeisserFebruary 1, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Dr Shapiro was my doctor from the time I was a 14 year old, just diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, until his retirement, 30 years later. It would take a small book for me to describe what an awesome doctor he was. He was so kind, and caring, and always there when I needed him. He was the perfect doctor. I'm not sure if I would have made it to my recent 57th birthday had I had another doctor. They broke the mold when he graduated from medical school. I never had the honor to know his wife. But knowing what kind of person Dr. Shapiro was, I know Mrs. Shapiro had to have been a very special lady. I'm glad that they are still together. I will say many prayers for the family to help them get through this difficult time. I also will pray that the police will find who did this to these wonderful people and that the perps will be brought to justice.

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  4. This is so sad. My deepest condolences to the family. Something very similar to this happened in December, in Andover Ma. The couple, the Magees, were found murdered, and their car was found burning, miles away.

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  5. My heart goes out to the friends and family of this truly amazing couple. The world is a darker place without them and I hope the people (and I use that term loosely) who did this are brought to justice very soon. Larry and Glenna were kind, loving friends who impacted the lives of millions. They will be greatly missed...

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  6. My heart breaks over this tragic news. What wonderful, kind, highly accomplished parents you had! And how lucky you were to have them for so long. I hope that during this incredibly difficult time, you find some comfort in the fond memories you had with them, their love for you, and zest for life that exuded from them. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

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  7. When things like this happen, we grieve for our lost. But try to remember their lives as they lived it, to the fullest extent. They both made a difference in this world. The good Lord now has them in His loving embrace. You will grieve for your lost of not having them here to talk too or to see. But they both are together and looking down on all of their friends and family. They are both Angles, they both earned that title.

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  8. We are so very, very sorry that dear Dr. Shapiro and his wife were taken from this world in such a horrific manner. He was a wonderful doctor and cared for several members of our family in an excellent way for years. I pray the family will find peace and that the law will find the terrible people who did this. God bless you.

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  9. As I eat my lunch at work, I read the news. I'm very sadden by the lost of your parents. I want to thank you for sharing your beautiful family and memories. I will keep ya'll in my thoughts and prayers. I'm sorry for your loss! Tam

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  10. Dear Shapiro Family: As I read the news and visited your tribute to your parents, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I'll pray that peace and comfort come to your family soon, and that the happy memories you have of these two magnificent souls soon replace the sorrow you're feeling. God bless and keep you all.

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  11. Though a deeply saddened tragedy, feel richly blessed that your parents were loving to their grandchildren and those memories have been made.
    My wife and I gave my parents 2 lovely twins and their grandparents (father was also a doctor) do not care to know them.
    You have a wonderful family and that is something no one can take from you

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  12. The Wolkins and Mills family send our deepest regrets for the loss of your wonderful parents. My dad, D.O Wolkins has had the greatest honor to serve on the MI Board with Dr. Shapiro for over 20 years. On Jan 1st, he lost his 18 year old grandson in a tragic accident, and just last week he and my mom received the most loving gracious card from your folks about this. The last time my dad and Larry spoke, it was not about business, but about
    grandkids! What a loss to you and the community. Our prayers are with you all and will continue daily. It is so hard to understand the evil on this earth, but God will reward your loving parents with eternity. God bless you all.
    Dr. and Mrs Marlin Mills
    Otis and Judy Wolkins

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  13. My condolences to the family. I knew Glenna for about 10 years as I worked with the AZ Kidney Foundation. She was a great leader and compassionate in her service at the foundation. I will never forget her kindness she showed every individual. She made a difference and was an influence for good to so many people. What a legacy and example they have both left for us all.

    Daron

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