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Melvin Shaw, Westport Resident, 90

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Melvin Madison Shaw of Westport died at home Tuesday, Jan. 27, after a long illness. He was 90.

Born March 11, 1924, to Samuel and Ida (Hohmann) Schwartz, Shaw grew up in Mount Vernon in a close and loving family, the oldest of three brothers.

A financial executive for Toshoku America Inc., Shaw worked in the company's Manhattan office for 20 years, retiring in 1997.

Shaw studied finance and accounting there, earning a B.S. in finance at the University of Virginia. He went on to receive an M.B.A. in economics from Columbia University.

Shaw was a World War II veteran, serving the U.S. Navy in the Pacific for three years. After military service, he resided in Plandome and Sands Point, Long Island, as well as in Manhattan, before moving to Westport in 1990.

Shaw was an avid fan of baseball, football, tennis and horse racing. He enjoyed world travel, including idyllic trips and cruises to Bermuda, the Caribbean, Colombia, many European countries and various points throughout the U.S.

Shaw is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Ruth (Sierra) Shaw; his brother, Norman Shaw of Bronxville, N.Y., and three nieces and their families. He was predeceased by his brother, Donald Shaw, and was the widower of Joan (Scudder) Shaw.

A service will be held at the Church of the Assumption, 98 Riverside Ave., Westport, on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association ( www.alz.org ) or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ( www.aspca.org ).

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