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Stephen D. Shatkin, Ph. D

August 3, 1937February 8, 2020

Steve Shatkin, 82, of Brookline, Massachusetts passed on February 8, 2020. Steve was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Providence Rhode Island, son of Alie and Honey (Willner) Shatkin.

Steve was retired following a career as Professor of Counseling at Suffolk University. Graduate of Classical High School, Harvard University and Ohio State University. Steve co-owned and operated Camp Samoset II in Lake Casco, Maine. Steve is survived by many loving cousins, friends, former campers and colleagues.

He was a warm, funny, kind man beloved by all.

A memorial service will be held on February 21, 2020 at 11 AM at Temple Beth Avodah in Newton, Massachusetts. Donations may be made to the Steve Shatkin Memorial Fund of Experience Camps, to provide a camping experience to children grieving lost parents. Steve always believed in the power that camp had to shape the lives of kids. https://www.experience.camp/steve-shatkin-memorial-fund.


  • Memorial Service Friday, February 21, 2020


Stephen D. Shatkin, Ph. D

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Lanny EDER

February 20, 2020

As I turned the pages of the Globe this week, Stephen's obituary jumped out at me. Not having t/w Stephen since the late 1970's after grad school, Stephen, as my practicum professor at Suffolk University (1976-77) had a profound impact on me and what would become a rewarding career. Stephen instilled confidence, motivation and a sense of excitement within me regarding a career that was to come within the realm of behavioral health. I fondly recall meeting with my practicum peers at Stephen's Boston apartment discussing our internship experiences, receiving insightful, encouraging feedback from him. Our discussions typically enhanced by the presence of his dog White Fang. Thank you Professor Shatkin for recognizing the potential within my 25yo self... RIP!

Colin Burgess

February 20, 2020

Steve was quite simply a lovely man who was so proud of Camp Samoset II

I spent 15 great summers at camp and it remains a very important part of my life.

Steve and Foon made that possible

Steve was at my 40th and 50th Birthday celebrations - one in Providence and the other in NYC.

Also Steve was the only one who understood what Bob Allen was saying!!?

Rest in peace Steve


Robert Lewis

February 18, 2020

Steve was responsible for making Camp Samoset such a beautiful camp which has special memories for so many of us. He was the only man who could keep Bob Allen under control !!

Duw Bendithia chi. Rob Lewis

Glen Eskedal

February 16, 2020

Sad to read of Steve's passing. We worked together at Suffolk University for many years where he was regarded as a helpful, cooperative, colleague. He will be missed by former students and faculty.

Tom Benjamin

February 16, 2020

Steve was one of my closest friends growing up in Providence. We shared many experiences - most memorably, a two-month cross-country camping trip the summer following our high school graduation. A kind, fun-loving and faithful friend, I will miss him always.

Sandro Frattura

February 15, 2020

Steve is the reason I found boston 27 years ago. He is the reason I found LGBT sports leagues which have changed my life forever.

Truly knowing him changed my life...and for the better.

Abby Elmore

February 13, 2020

We met Steve at the park when we adopted our dog Brooklyn. Steve back then was really the mayor of Amory Park, there all the time with his beloved Daisy. Steve was a neighbor and a good friend. It turned out he and my mom grew up on the same street in Providence and when she was in town they loved to reminisce about life there, especially times at Hope and Classical High Schools. We spent many years watching the Patriots together along with other neighbors and with our kids, who loved Steve and were always happy to go to his apartment to watch the games and eat his home made popcorn. After Daisy died Steve would still walk up regularly to visit Brookyn - they had a real love affair. When Steve moved last year to his new place it was harder to stay in touch but we did try and talk every so often and he always asked about my mom and kids. Steve was such a smart, caring and kind person and will be missed by so many family, friends, campers , students and dogs!

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