Lorin M. Sheppard

March 7, 1965October 31, 2014
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Lorinda "Lorin" Sheppard, 49, passed away Friday, October 31, 2014, at her residence in Fort Wayne, IN. Lorin graduated from Clawson High School and Adrian College. She earned her Masters and Ph.D. degrees from Michigan State University. Lorin was Director of Instructional Design and Clincal Assistant Professor at Manchester University School of Pharmacy for 3 years. Prior to that, she was employed at Michigan Fitness Foundation in Lansing, MI. Lorin had many interests, including sewing and other crafts, reading, and writing. She had a passion for good teaching and a drive to teach others how to teach through her papers, posters, and presentations. Surviving are her parents, Isaac and Donna Sheppard of Rochester, MI; brothers, Christopher (Anne) Sheppard of Rochester Hills, MI, and Jonathan Sheppard of Kirkland, WA; nephews, Benjamin and Samuel Sheppard; uncles, aunts, and cousins; many faithful friends; and her beloved canine companion, Clement. Visitation will be Friday, November 7, from 6:00-9:00 PM at Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University Dr., Rochesster; with a memorial service Saturday 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 620 Romeo St., Rochester (visitation at the church starting at 2:00 PM). Gifts may be made in Lorin’s memory to the Sheppard Scholarship Fund at Adrian College, Adrian, MI ( ; the Manchester University School of Pharmacy ( – College of Pharmacy); or to a charity of your choice. To sign the online guest book, go to or


  • Memorial Visitation Friday, November 7, 2014
  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, November 8, 2014
  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 8, 2014

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Beth Myers

December 3, 2014

Lorin and her parents are beloved friends of Adrian College. As a professor at the college for over thirty years I have been privileged to work with Lorin and her father, Ike, and I am very saddened by this news. My heart goes out to all who are feeling this loss.

Craig Koslofsky

November 11, 2014

I am thinking of you all in this trying time, and remembering Lorin. Thinking back to high school - I remember how she had a way of getting right to what was important. Sharp and sweet!
May her memory be for a blessing.

November 7, 2014

Ike and Donna, mom called and Janet and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. We pray that God will comfort and sustain you all during this time and in the days ahead. You will be in our hearts and prayers. In Christ's love Janet and Jack Markwick

Melissa Beck

November 7, 2014

I had the opportunity to meet Lorin just once this past July, but in that short time it was clear what an impact she must have made on the lives of those people she worked with. I am saddened at her passing, and my heart grieves for her family and friends. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lisa Lawitzke

November 6, 2014

Lorin was one of the most genuine people I've ever had the pleasure and privilege to know. The world seems somehow deflated with her loss. Rest in Peace, Lorin

MUCOP Class of 2016

November 5, 2014

"We mourn the loss of one of our own. We hold dear to our heart the memories and laughter we shared together. Dr. Sheppard taught from the heart. She made you believe that you were important and gave you the confidence everyday to believe in yourself. While we mourn the loss of a great professor, we feel blessed and honored that she was a part of our life. Our prayers and thought goes out to her family, friends, colleagues and students" Adieu Dr. Sheppard

Kai Carrigan

November 4, 2014

Lorin was a great friend to our daughter,Anne and our daughter-in-law, Nicole. She has been so much a part of various family related events that I will look for her when we gather. She had a beautiful smile,a wonderful laugh and a very kind heart. I am so sorry that she lost hope for being free of her pain. Care for yourselves and each other.

Franklin Oparah

November 4, 2014

Having you as my mentor for three years was an honor. You gave me your attention to the fullest, and the best advise to think outside the box with my career planning. When I had issues in my academics you provided me with best ways to assist me through it. When I was sick, you were there as well. I am still lost of words. This is such a hurtful feeling. Your kindness, and dedication towards students at MUCOP will forever be remembered. To my Mentor and friend, May your soul rest in perfect peace, Amen.

Rosary Ajaelu

November 4, 2014

I still expect to see Dr. Sheppard walking around the hallways with her coffee mug and a steady smile on her face. Her presence was warm and welcoming. Her thoughtful encouragements and genuinity will forever be remembered.

David Erickson

November 4, 2014

It is with great sadness that I bid a good friend goodbye. Lorin was a wonderful person who brought a little light into my world. I hate to picture that world without her.