Dr. Daniel C. Shaw

Born: Sun., Oct. 28, 1951
Died: Tue., Mar. 3, 2020


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Mar. 07, 2020
Location: Yost-Gedon Funeral Home

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Mar. 07, 2020
Location: Yost-Gedon Funeral Home

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Dr. Daniel C. Shaw


Daniel Charles Shaw, 68 of Mill Hall, PA passed away on Tuesday, March 3 at the Lock Haven hospital. 


Born October 28, 1951 in Aurora Illinois, he was the son of John and Mary Shaw. 


Daniel was married to the love of his life, Vera Marie (Hrusoff) Shaw, on August 8, 1992. 


Daniel earned a B.A. from Northern Illinois University, June 1972, a M.A from Northern Illinois University, June 1975, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Ohio State University, June 1981.

Daniel was a professor of philosophy at Lock Haven University for 32 years and received numerous awards for his dedication to teaching. 


Daniel devoted much of his scholarship to film. He served as the managing editor of ‘Film and Philosophy,’ as well as the author of the books Film and Philosophy: Taking Movies Seriously, Morality and the Movies: Reading Ethics through Film and Stanley Cavell and the Magic of Hollywood Films.


Daniel spent his life loving, naming the birds and squirrels who visited his window, with his friends on a tennis court, in the classroom or around the poker table. He spent most days fighting for what is right, admiring art and film, eating good food with his son, assuring his daughter that everything would be okay, writing his wife love letters, and telling everyone how much he loved them.


He was an outstanding father, husband, friend and teacher. 


Daniel is survived by his wife Vera Marie Shaw, son Patrick Shaw, daughter Anna Shaw, step brothers Christopher and Trenn Roberts, step sister Catherine Hansen and his dog Lucy.


Daniel was preceded in death by his parents John Charles and Patricia Mary Shaw, whom he loved dearly.


Funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 7th at the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, LLC, 121 W. Main St., Lock Haven. Visitation will begin in the funeral home at 10 am and service will begin at 11. A celebration of life will follow the service at Lock Haven University.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Daniel C. Shaw Memorial Scholarship at Lock Haven University by sending checks to: LHU Foundation 214 Ulmer Hall, Lock Haven, PA. 17745.


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Kathy Richards
   Posted Fri March 06, 2020
Dear Marie and family,
My sincerest sympathy on the loss of your loved one. I taught with Dan at Lock Haven for years, and my most favorite memory of him was the night he debated Drew Talbot & Ulmer Hall was full! May you always celebrate his life and cherish the memories....and may God grant you peace and strength as you begin this new journey in your life. Sincerely, Professor Kathy Richards

Sander Lee
   Posted Fri March 06, 2020
What devastating news! My heart goes out to his family.

I knew Dan for decades and he was a valued colleague and a dear friend. His work with the SPSCVA and the journal were invaluable. I was at the meeting where we established the SPSCVA many years ago. I last saw Dan at the Film-Philosophy conference in Scotland in 2016 where he was the keynote. We had a great time (see photo).

Two weeks ago I invited him to present a paper on at the SPSCA sessions in New Orleans in February 2021. His response was positive.

He will be greatly missed.

Sander Lee
Keene State College

Terry and Maria Morrison
   Posted Sat March 07, 2020
We are sad to hear of Dan’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences to his family. Our prayers are with you all.
Terry (Uncle Tom son)

Paul Antram
   Posted Sun March 08, 2020
Dear Marie, Pat and Anna
I was so sorry to hear of Dan's death. I have not had recent contact; however my memories are a very generous loving couple, with two young bright kids. Lots of conversations with Dan about Philosophy religion, and some good games of 9 ball pool and of course chess.
I also remember a generous couple who helped this man during a time of need.

I'm so sorry for your loss of Dan.

With loving memories
Paul Antram

Tal S. Shamir
   Posted Fri April 03, 2020
Devastating news and I am very sad to hear that Dan is no longer with us.
After reading his books/articles and using them in my dissertation, I was very fortunate to have had the chance to meet him in 2014, where we had a vivid conversation about Film and Philosophy. We kept in touch since.
He has helped me allot in my research and my work on Cinematic Philosophy. I will forever be grateful to him and he will remain in my heart.
A deep loss to the SPSCVA and Film & Philosophy family/community.
My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Yours Truly
Tal S. Shamir (PhD)

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