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In Memoriam: January 2014

Published: January 15, 2014

John W. “Jack” Shainline, 91, known to his friends in Pennsylvania as “Spike”, died peacefully in Lakewood, Colo. on Nov. 29. Born in Norristown Pa. on June 20, 1922, Shainline graduated from Norristown High School in 1940 and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1978. After serving as a Marine in WWII he graduated from Gettysburg College in 1948. Following his college graduation, he worked as a football and wrestling coach at Gettysburg College before taking on administrative responsibilities. Gettysburg College awarded him an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree in 1989. In 1966 he moved to California where he met his loving and devoted wife, Connie, and completed a long and successful career as a Dean and later Vice President at CSULB. Following his retirement from CSULB, Shainline worked as a field representative for U.S. Congressman Steve Horn. He was preceded in death by his brother, Laird; his parents, Thomas Shainline and Mary Halloway Shainline; his daughter, Beth; his sister, Kathryn Ellis; his wife, Connie Shainline; and his first wife, Anna Lois Heim Shainline. He is survived by three children from his first marriage—Leslie Woldenberg, Michael Shainline, Jan Goetz; and two step children, Dennis Brando and Craig Brandau. He is also survived by seven grandchildren—Alison Reid, Matthew Woldenberg, Jeffrey Shainline, Sam Woldenberg, Erin Goetz, Lukas Perry, and Kelsey Goetz; and two great grandchildren—Ainsley Margaret Reid and Elliot Elizabeth Reid. Memorial donations may be sent in the name of Jack and Connie Shainline to Women and Philanthropy at CSULB, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Brotman Hall 387, Long Beach, Calif., 90840, attention: Allison Ohanian.