In memory of
Dr. Robert Shaye
Dr. Robert Shaye Ridgeland Dr. Robert Shaye, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away April 12, 2017, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Dr. Shaye was born on November 9, 1937 in New Haven, Connecticut. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Connecticut and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from New York University. Following his graduation from dental school, he served in the United States Army on active duty with the 86th Medical Detachment in Bad Hersfeld, Germany, as well as the United States Army Hospital at West Point. It was during his tenure in Germany that he met his beautiful wife, Baerbel. He went on to complete his orthodontic training and received his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry from the University of Zurich in Switzerland. Upon returning to the United States, Dr. Shaye spent one year at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry before moving to Louisiana to become a professor at Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans. He also continued his military service in the Army Reserves with the 4010th U.S. Army Hospital in New Orleans. He retired from the military in 1996, as a Colonel with 41 years of service. Upon retiring from LSU in 1995, Dr. Shaye and his wife moved to Ridgeland, Mississippi where he became Chairman of the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He retired from UMMC in 2012. He received the high honor of Professor Emeritus from both LSU and UMMC. During his 40-year career, Dr. Shaye taught hundreds of dentists and orthodontists who now practice all over the world. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Baerbel, two daughters Natalie Shaye Howell and husband Jay of Shreveport, Louisiana, and Alexandra Shaye Brown and husband Keith of Ridgeland, Mississippi. He is also survived by his six grandchildren, Shaye, Jack, Alex, and Kate Howell, and William and Wyatt Brown. According to his wishes, there will be no formal services. If you wish to honor his memory, please make a donation to the charity of your choice in his name. "Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life." -Albert Einstein
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