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Robert Lawson Shaw

Birthplace: Red Bluff, Tehama, CA, USA
Death: Died in New Haven, CT, USA
Cause of death: Stroke
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Shirley Richard Shaw and Nellie Mae Shaw
Husband of Caroline Hitz / Shaw
Ex-husband of Maxine Shaw
Father of <private> Shaw; <private> Shaw; <private> Shaw and <private> Shaw
Brother of <private> Shaw; James R. Shaw; <private> Shaw; <private> Shaw and <private> Price (Shaw)

Occupation: Conductor, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Managed by: Erin Spiceland
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About Robert Lawson Shaw

Robert Shaw (April 30, 1916 – January 25, 1999) was an American conductor most famous for his work with his namesake Chorale, with the Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Shaw received 14 Grammy awards, four ASCAP awards for service to contemporary music, the first Guggenheim Fellowship ever awarded to a conductor, the Alice M. Ditson Conductor's Award for Service to American Music; the George Peabody Medal for outstanding contributions to music in America, the Gold Baton Award of the American Symphony Orchestra League for "distinguished service to music and the arts," the American National Medal of Arts, France's Officier des Arts et des Lettres, England's Gramophone Award, and was a 1991 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors.


Robert Shaw, the renowned choral conductor and the elder statesman and great spirit of American musical performance, died yesterday at a hospital in New Haven, where he had been visiting one of his sons at Yale University. He was 82. .. .. ..

.. his second wife, Caroline Saulas, died in 1995 after 21 years of marriage (He and his first wife, Maxine Farley, were divorced in 1970.. .. In addition to his son Thomas Lawson Shaw of Atlanta, Mr. Shaw is survived by a daughter, Dr. Johanna Shaw of Providende, R.I.; two other sons, Peter Thain Shaw of Portland, Ore., and John Thaddeus Shaw of Lathrop, Calif.; a stepson, Alexander Crawford Hitz of Atlanta, a sister Mrs. Harrison Price of San Pedro, Calif., and a brother, John of Baldwin Park, Calif.

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Robert Lawson Shaw's Timeline

April 30, 1916
Red Bluff, Tehama, CA, USA
January 25, 1999
Age 82
New Haven, CT, USA