David M. Shapiro

June 9, 1929September 17, 2013

David M. Shapiro- We are sad to announce the passing of David M Shapiro, who died on September 17, 2013 at Patriot Heights Independent Living, where he had been a resident during the last few years of his life. He will be remembered as a caring man, a scholar, a man who was interested in every aspect of science and human history, and someone whose mind was as sharp as a tack until the last anyone spoke with him, in his 85th year. He was a well-known figure around the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the San Antonio Chamber Music Society, the Institute of Texan Cultures, the San Antonio Zoo, and the Academy of Learning in Retirement (ALIR)

David was born on June 9, 1929 to Morris and Marion Shapiro in New York City. He attended Queens College, New York, where he met his wife, Bernice Yager. They married on June 8, 1950. He went to graduate school at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD where he achieved a PhD in Biology in 1961. He continued to pursue a university career as a teacher and researcher in biochemistry, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the Women's Medical College of Philadelphia, and finally at The University of Texas Health Science Centre at San Antonio, where he worked for 24 years, first as a professor of biochemistry, and then as the Executive Director of Student Services. He retired in 1992. Sadly, shortly after his retirement, Bernice, his beloved wife of 43 years passed in early 1993.

David had many interests outside work, including scuba diving and marathon running (he ran in the Boston Marathon in his 50s). He loved to travel, both across the American southwest and Europe, and even Tanzania. He was the President and long-time member of the San Antonio Chamber Music Society. He volunteered as a docent at the Institute of Texan Cultures and at the San Antonio Zoo. He was a long-time member of the Temple Beth El congregation. In recent years David was very active as teacher and student in the classes of ALIR.

He is survived by the family he loved; his children: Michael and Vicki Shapiro of San Antonio, Daniel and Debbie Shapiro of New Orleans, and Jonathan Shapiro and Maria Novelly of Manchester, England; and grandchildren: Kayla, Matt, Amy, and Allison.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 24th, at Sunset Funeral Home at 1701 Austin Hwy, San Antonio, Texas 78218, with visitation at 11:00am and a funeral service at noon, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the San Antonio Chamber Music Society, PO Box 12702 San Antonio, Texas 78212, website


  • Visitation Tuesday, September 24, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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Cheryl Brown

September 28, 2013

My sincere condolences upon the passing of your beloved father. May the blessing be upon him and his,now and for all time.
Cheryl Young Brown (Hammond, Louisiana)

Nick Novelly

September 27, 2013

To my brother-in-law, Jon, and his family, my condolences on the passing of David. I did not know David, but given he is Jon's dad, I am sure he was a fine man. My family will keep David and all of the Shapiros in our family rosary and prayers.

September 24, 2013

To the Shapiro family,please accept our most heartfelt sympathy for your loss. I only had the pleasure of meeting David a couple of times and he was so warm and would put you at immediate ease. To Amy and Matt, I know he was a big part of your life as you spoke highly of him. Let your wonderful memories sustain you through this difficult time. Gerald and Nancy(Novelly) Naumann
San Antonio, TX

Barbara Lifshen

September 24, 2013

It is with sadness the Lifshens send condolences to the Shapiro family. Michael, please extend our sympathy to your loved ones.....

David Gates

September 23, 2013

I knew David from both the Zoo where we were docents together and ALIR as we all quested for more knowledge. He was a wonder MAN who will be sorely missed. David Gates

September 22, 2013

Jim Waldron

September 22, 2013

Jim Waldron

September 22, 2013

David and I first met in 1974 when I joined the faculty at the Health Science Center. We worked and exercised together most every day until his retirement in 1992. He was the first friend I made in my move from New York to San Antonio.
David was a dear friend who gave freely both personal and professional support. I will always be grateful to him for all that we shared.
I recall that most every workday we would meet at noon for a training run we would commit each day to a non competitive run, but invariably at the end of the run we would be going "all out ".We would laugh at our selves and promise "not the next time".
David was a dear friend. I am so grateful for all that he so generously gave to me.
My deepest condolences to his family.
James (Jim) Waldron Ph.D. retired
Betty D. Waldron

Judith Sobré

September 22, 2013

Dave had a long and wonderful life, affecting positively so many people. I was honored by being his "transitional girl" after the loss of his beloved Bernice. We shared many adventures & other things. Judy

September 21, 2013