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Association Community loses colleague and friend Sam Shapiro. (Headlines).

Association leader Samuel B. Shapiro, CAE, died December 2, 2001, in Hollywood, Florida. Born in Chicago on November 15, 1909, Shapiro devoted his entire professional lifetime to the service, development, and historical documentation of the association profession. (For a more personal look back at Shapiro's life by some of his association colleagues, see "Honoring An Icon" beginning on page 66 of this issue.) After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago, he joined the staff of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association. He soon found his true professional niche at the Linen Supply Association of America, Chicago, from which he retired in 1975 after 30 years of service.

Shapiro served as president of the Association Forum of Chicago (now the Association Forum of Chicagoland) in 1953-1954 and later served as board chair of the American Trade Association Executives (now ASAE) in 1963-1964. During his tenure he played a pivotal role in the creation of the ASAE Foundation. He became the charter recipient of the Certified Association Executive designation in 1960 and eventually chaired the CAE Certification Commission. He was also one of the first to be honored with the Key Award, the highest honor awarded to ASAE members. In further recognition of his accomplishments, ASAE named him the first Honorary Member in the organization's history.

The Association Forum of Chicagoland bestowed its own honors on Shapiro, designating him a Life Member in 1984 and naming its highest award for CEOs the Samuel B. Shapiro Award. After his retirement from the Linen Supply Association of America, Shapiro continued to work as a speaker and management consultant, most recently as president of Samuel B. Shapiro Consulting, Inc., Miami Beach, Florida.

Perhaps one of his most outstanding achievements was his book A Coming of Age: A History of the Profession of Association Management (1987, ASAE). Called the "biography of the association profession," it weaves together the steps in the maturing of the profession with the development of ASAE as an organization.

Shapiro played a key role in the recognition of association management as a profession and in facilitating the growth that he documented so well. For this and his other immeasurable contributions, he will be greatly missed by the association community.
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