Sheldon C. Jacobs

April 16, 1923November 6, 2012

Sheldon C. Jacobs was born in Chicago on April 16, 1923. He died on November 5, 2012, at the age of 89. His parents were Harriet and Philip Jacobs. He had one brother, Irwin.

He graduated from Armour College of Engineering (now Illinois Institute of Technology) with a degree in chemical engineering. After serving two years in the Illinois National Guard prior to the Korean War, he moved in 1951 to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to work at K-25 in the Long-Range Planning group and then on many other projects until retiring in 1990. He earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee.

Sheldon’s post-retirement activities included many years of volunteer work for the East Tennessee Office of Human Resources as a nursing home ombudsman and in the Public Guardianship Program, as well as in the Volunteer Tax Assistance Program. He served several times on the board of directors and was treasurer for the Jewish Congregation of Oak Ridge.

He was an avid card player, bowler, golfer, and water skier, and he enjoyed puns and silly jokes. Sheldon played tennis into his 80s. He loved his family, and he especially enjoyed traveling around the world with them after his retirement. A highlight was a week the entire family spent together in St. Barth’s to celebrate his and Vivian’s fiftieth wedding anniversary. Sheldon and Vivian moved to Houston from Oak Ridge in 2008, but Oak Ridge will always be their home.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Vivian, currently residing in Houston; a daughter, Judith Jacobs Donnell, of Salt Lake City; and two sons, Philip Jacobs (Margo) of Houston and Richard Jacobs (Shaun Kadlec) of Los Angeles; as well as three grandchildren, Michael Donnell, Anna Donnell and Leah Jacobs.

Many heartfelt thanks to Niki Amanuel for her loving care of our father during the past four years.

A graveside service for family and friends will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 8, 2012, at the Oak Ridge Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Jewish Congregation of Oak Ridge, P.O. Box 5434, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-5435; or The Medallion Jewish Assisted Living Residence, 6262 N. Braeswood Blvd., Houston, TX 77074. Condolences may be offered at


  • Graveside Service Thursday, November 8, 2012

Sheldon C. Jacobs

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December 21, 2012

I was sorry to learn of the loss of your father. Please know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers.
John Roefaro
Cliffside Park, New Jersey

Bill O'Brien

November 12, 2012

Phil and Family, May Sheldon enjoy eternal peace in the presence of our loving God and may you find peace in his memory.

Christopher Sasso

November 9, 2012


You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Chris Sasso and Family

November 9, 2012

I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you find great comfort and strength in your family at this difficult time.
Jennifer Brandino

Tammy Schultz

November 9, 2012

Phil, we are sad to hear the news of your Father. Know we are thinking of you and your family!

Your Assurant Solutions Family

November 9, 2012


You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Let us know if you need anything.

Wes Killian

Tony and Susan Lauri

November 9, 2012


Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time. May memories of your Dad keep him close to you always.

Hugo Bertini

November 9, 2012

Vivian and Family:

I was very sorry to hear about Shel. He was ill for quite some time, and I know it was difficult for you not only physically, but also mentally---to say nothing of how difficult it must have been for Shel. My deepest sympathy to you in your time of sorrow. He was a good man. JoAnne also sends her heart-felt condolences. Among other great things, we remember him for his honest-to-God laughter when he found something funny. His death is a serious loss.

Michael Coile

November 8, 2012


Thinking about you and your family. You will be in our prayers. If you need anything please let me know.

Lindsey ONeal

November 8, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.