Allan M. Shapiro

November 21, 1936September 2, 2017

Allan M. Shapiro November 21st, 1936 - September 2nd, 2017.

Allan M. Shapiro, a longtime resident of Scarsdale, N.Y. passed away peacefully on September 2nd, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Allan was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 21, 1936 to the late Esther (Glueck) and Herman T. Shapiro. He grew up enveloped by the love of a large tightly knit family; his mother was one of nine children of Anna and Morris Glueck. Once a week, the entire family would gather at the Glueck family home for dinner. Allan & his wife Mary later carried on this tradition with their children and grandchildren for Sunday dinners around the dining table at Ferncliff Road. Allan’s marriage to Mary and their large blended family was his greatest joy and accomplishment.

Allan attended South Avondale grade school and graduated from Walnut HIlls High School in 1954 where he excelled academically and in football. Following in the footsteps of his father, who was one of the first registered architects in Ohio, Allan was inspired to become an architect. He determined that Cornell University had the best school of architecture, and so he applied, was accepted and graduated in 1959. He also completed Master’s level courses at Cornell in Urban and Regional Planning. While architecture was his professional direction, he was always fascinated by travel and was a lifelong learner. Allan was a true renaissance man--he loved cooking, opera music, antiquing, and socializing. Allan also had a deep love for archeology. His mother’s brother, Nelson Glueck, was a world renowned archaeologist and theologian, who inspired Allan to follow his passion; from 1959 - 1967, Allan spent his summers with the Harvard-Cornell archaeological expeditions in the ancient city of Sardis, Turkey.

Throughout his long and illustrious career Allan was a senior program manager on the development of more than 100 complex, multi-facility programs for airport, rail and highway transportation, public works, criminal justice facilities, government buildings and military projects throughout Westchester, the tri-state region, New York State and 20 other states as well as numerous international airport programs from Sydney to Lisbon. Some of the notable firms Allan was affiliated with over the years included HNTB, HOK, DMJM and L-3 Communication. At the time of his death he was employed by Ross & Baruzzini as a Senior Management Consultant.

Throughout his life Allan thoroughly enjoyed devoting his time and talent to many volunteer activities in Westchester including participation on numerous county wide institutions, including serving on the Foundation Board for the Westchester Community College, White Plains Hospital Board, Hoff Barthelson Music School, and all three Land Use Boards for the Village of Scarsdale. On a national level, he was a Civilian Vice President of the Society of American Military Engineers, member of the American Association of Airport Executives’ Corporate Steering Committee, Treasurer of the Joint AIA/ASCE/ACEC/ARBTA/NSPE Committee for the Procurement of Professional Services, Trustee and Officer of the American Geographical Society, and participant on an GSA/USSR Bi-Lateral Design and Construction Program for 5 years. Through the years, Allan acted as an industry spokesperson on numerous national panels for Engineering News Record, American Society of Civil Engineers, Airports Council International and American Association of Airport Executives annual conferences.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Healy Shapiro and their seven children: Peter Dwyer (Kim Donleycott Dwyer), Doris Dwyer Boudens (Michael Boudens), Michael Dwyer (Lisa Rosario), Thomas Dwyer (Carol Rebelo Dwyer), Leslie Shapiro (Gretchen Waschke), Petra Vanderlinden, Peter Shapiro and Stephanie Dwyer Tomao (Keith Tomao). He is also survived by his brother, Marc I. Shapiro and his sister, Jane Shapiro Rosenbaum ( Louis Rosenbaum), his dear nieces and nephews and his sixteen grandchildren: Healy, Noelle, Stephen, Tom, Ally, Brittany, Michaela, Nadja, Kaitlyn, Kristelle, Chloe, Julia, Evan, McKenna, Drew and Dylan. id=186564527&mid=7543901 In lieu of flowers, the family has requested you consider a donation to Westchester Community College in Allan’s


  • Visitation Wednesday, September 6, 2017
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 7, 2017
  • Burial Thursday, September 7, 2017

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Michael Glueck

November 20, 2017

Allan was my first cousin, but in the 1960s and 1970s when I lived in Manhattan he was like a brother, even attending my sister's funeral in the midwest to offer moral support. He introduced me to such NYC landmarks as Barney Greengrass (borscht with fresh cream), Zabar's (whitefish, sable, and sturgeon), and Peter Luger's, whose steak sauce I still use. I think I last saw him at a family reunion a quarter-century ago, but I shall miss him nonetheless.

Ronald Birk

September 23, 2017

Worked with Allan on airports for many years from the mid 60's.
Always a gentleman and knowledgeable Airports man.
Rest in Peace Allan

Jeffrey Melagrano

September 15, 2017

Allan has been a client since 1986 but more important a dear friend. We shared common interests as professionals and the biggest thing, we both wear hats. He gave me a few great hats over the years.
I will miss him. My deepest sympathies to Mary and the entire family.

Jeff Melagrano

peter shapiro

September 13, 2017

Allan/PopPop/Father was a Great Man, of incredible professional career success, and, patriarch of an amazing family&circle of close friends. He Loved&Cherished "The Light of His Life", wife, MaryShapiro, and his family to the fullest extent. This was his mantra, as he Loved&Respected, as well, everyone in his life, whether that person was family, long time friend/colleague, or, stranger he met 1x in passing only. He treated everyone as if they were the most important person to him(and they were/are). He's missed equally by friends, family, former colleagues and competitors, as well, those he met briefly, in his wondrous and incredibly rich and well lived life. We're all kind of lost sheep/lost puppies in his absence. However, we all know we're better individuals for having Allan in our lives. If we all do our part to live our lives in much the same fashion&manner AllanMShapiro did, this world will always&still be beneficial&prosperous to as many possible, going forward,in the future. I'm thankful&grateful to have been able to call him BestMan, Friend&Father for nearly 47years. He'll be&is already missed more than words can define. I Love You, GoodSir! May You RIP&have fun(productive life)in HE#VEN, PopPop! May G#D AlwaysBlessYou.

Michael Scarano

September 12, 2017

Allan was a dear friend whom I had the pleasure of knowing and working with for nearly 30 years. A mentor with a gentle wit and kind heart, he will be sorely missed. My heart goes out to his family, but I know we will all see Allan again in a better place.

Donald Weisstuch

September 9, 2017

I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Allan for many years. He was
widely known in architecture and engineering and highly regarded. He will be
missed. Rest In Peace my friend,
Don Weisstuch

Catherine Ludwig Donleycott

September 8, 2017


Allan was such a great man. I am so glad to have known him and so sorry for yours and your families loss.

September 6, 2017

We will always remember Allan's inspiring words and that kind, warm smile. The Hunter Family (Greenwich, CT)

Karen & Jeff Cone

September 5, 2017

Dear Mary,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Allan has always been a wonderful family friend and such an inspiration to us as a person. We will miss him deeply. Jeff and I will always think of Allan and you - you are so much a part of us and in our hearts. Our thoughts and our love is with you. Karen (Topping) and Jeff Cone

Clay Baldwin

September 4, 2017

Dear Mary:
There are no words that can express the loss I feel with Alan's passing. As you know both you and Alan held a very special place in my life. I have shared wonderful moments with Alan an you over the years. As I know you know Alan was a very special person.
Great husband ,father , and businessman. I will miss him , his hats, his wit and his kindness. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
God bless you all
Clay baldwin