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Michael Shinnick - Class Of 1964 VIEW PROFILE

Deceased Classmate: 1964 Michael D. Shinnick
Date Of Birth: August-26-1945
Date Deceased: October-21-2016
Age at Death: 71
Cause of Death:
Classmate City: Blacksburg
Classmate State: VA
Classmate Country: USA
Survived By: Daughter: Lauren

Dr. Michael D. Shinnick, 71, passed away, on October 21, 2016, at his home in Blacksburg. He was born in Lowell, Mass., on August 26, 1945, to parents, William James Shinnick and Clara Williams. Michael grew up in Florida and was an avid sailor, scuba diver, adventurer, and collector of antique cars, who had a zest for life, and a sparkle in his eye. He received one Masters Degree in Rehabilitative Counseling and Psychology and another Masters Degree and Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Special Education Services. All degrees were received from Auburn University, where he also served as an associate professor. He was also founder and director of Dynamics Research Group, which provided expert services in applied ergonomics, work injury and disability management, since 1981.He is survived by his daughter, Lauren Shinnick, and his nephews, Ronald Shinnick Jr., Michael Sirven, Chano Sirven Jr., along with their families and his loving dog, Asher. He was predeceased by his father, William James Shinnick; his mother, Clara Williams; brother, Ronald Shinnick; and sister, Donna Shinnick.In lieu of funeral services, the family will be receiving guests at Michael Shinnick's home from 4 to 6 p.m., on Fri October 28, 2016. In his memory, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.

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10/27/16 11:45 AM #1    

Robert Parker (1966)

best wishs to the family.

10/28/16 12:48 PM #2    

Sue Abbott (Carroll) (1964)

I am so sorry for your loss.  I believe he is in a happier place and watching over his family.

With love,

Sue Abbott Carroll

10/28/16 06:33 PM #3    

Susan Gerzanics (Dobson) (1964)

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of a treasured classmate.  May the family find peace.


10/28/16 06:35 PM #4    

Larry Jones (1964)


10/31/16 01:13 PM #5    

Bobby Carlson (1964)



It is always sad to see one of our classmates pass on and it reminds us all of our own mortality. Mike was a freind. I will never forget the trip that Mike, myself, Domenic Amento and John Barbour made in a Bonanza aircraft to new orleans and dallas back in 1964. Mike was going to a wedding in Dallas and John offered to fly him there. Since there were four seats, Dominic and I were also asked to tag along. When we stopped in New Orleans Dominic and I decided to stay there until John and Mike could pick us up on the way back. It would be an understatement to say that two broke 17 year olds like Domenic and I had no business in the French Quarter slum section of New Orleans. That is a story for another time. Of the four passengers on that flight I am the only one left as Mike, John and Domenic have all passed on.

May they rest in peace.






06/27/18 01:41 AM #6    

Herb Lozott (1963)

Back in 1962, Mike, Eddie Cohn and myself, headed out West Lake Park Road and the Beeline Highway to Seattle, Washington and the Worlds Fair. It was the ride of a lifetime for each of us.  There was no reason to believe three British Motorcycles would return mostly in tact. In 2012, we managed to hook-up with one another on the phone to reminisce. That was the last time we would all touch base. Mike left the party first, and a week or so ago, I learned that Ed had passed away.  I came close to being number two. But for the grace of God, I pulled through after about a 12 feet fall from a ladder in my back yard. 

When we would stop at a restaurant, Mike and Ed would usually get in the restaurant first and sit at the ends of a booth. They would make a point of arguing about who had to sit with me. I wonder if that’s going to be the way it goes when we get together again?  It was all in good humor. Maybe we’ll squeeze another laugh out of it.

Rest in peace you two.  We’ll see each other soon enough.

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