Russell Dallmeyer SHELDEN
Russell Dallmeyer SHELDEN
  • October 1, 1921 - June 20, 2014
  • Dallas, Texas

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Dr. Russell Dallmeyer Shelden passed peacefully to his reward Friday, June 20, 2014. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years, Mary Blackmar Shelden, father Dr. Frank E. Shelden, mother Matilda Dallmeyer Shelden, and brother Dr. Frank Copeland Shelden. His sister, Jane Shelden Kelley, died the following day, Saturday, June 21, 2014.

He is survived by his daughters Eleanor Dallmeyer Shelden Lawrence, Katherine (Bob) Shelden Ziegler, sons Frank (Valerie) Blackmar Shelden and John (Terry) Russell Shelden, grandchildren Mary Ziegler (Pete) Zimmerman, John Holt Ziegler, Martha Eleanor Ziegler, Russell Edward Shelden, Frank Copeland Shelden, Christopher (Amy) Lawrence, David (Amy) Lawrence, Stevie Kuhn, Ricky (Alicia) Kuhn, Craig Kuhn and six great grandchildren.

Dr. Shelden was a lifelong resident of Kansas City. He graduated from Southwest High School in 1938. At the University of Missouri-Columbia he was tapped into the Senior Honorary Society Q.E.B.H., and earned an A.B. degree in 1942 and a B.S. degree in 1947. He attended Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and received his M.D. in 1949. He completed his internship at Kansas City General Hospital #1 and his residency at Research Hospital, where he practiced Anesthesiology until his retirement.

Commissioned as a field artillery second lieutenant from ROTC in 1942, he resigned his commission and served two years in the European Theater of Operations, as a medical laboratory technician. He was part of the 1000-bed General Hospital in Liege, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge. Although a medical non-combatant soldier, he was issued a rifle and posted guard at the medical supply depot during the engagement. He was awarded three battle stars during the war. He continued his military service as a member of the Active Reserve with the 325th General Hospital, as Chief of Anesthesiology and Operating Room Service from 1956-1965, retiring to retired reserve in 1965 to help rear his family. In 1978, he returned to active reserve duty with the 340th Medical Detachment as Commanding Officer, Colonel, retiring in 1983.

During his medical career at Research Hospital, Dr. Shelden served as the Chief of the Department of Anesthesiology and was president of the Medical Staff as the new Research facility opened in 1963. He pioneered the use of new anesthesia protocols in Missouri, and in collaboration with Dr. Jack Ruffe, developed numerous ophthalmologic surgical techniques. In 1988, Dr. Shelden received the Research Hospital Medical Staff Distinguished Service Award.

From 1958-1983, Dr. Shelden volunteered as a Clinical Associate to the Clinical Professor at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology. His practical experience in the profession facilitated the training of better qualified medical students. Both he and his wife Mary believed in the power of giving back.

Affectionately known as "Ole Tiger" to the MIZZOU community, Dr. Shelden was a charter member and Ambassador of the Jefferson Club, serving on the board of trustees from 1977-1992, an Ambassador of the McAlester Society and Life Member in the Mizzou Alumni Association. He served on the board of the Kansas City Mizzou alumni chapter from 1990-1996, and twice served on the Board of the Development Council.

In giving back to MIZZOU, Dr. And Mrs. Shelden established the Russell D. Shelden, M.D. Professorship in Anesthesiology in 1991, which was renamed the Chair of Anesthesiology, in 2002; the Russell D. and Mary B. Shelden Missouri Chair in Anesthesiology, in 2003; the Russell D. and Mary B. Shelden Clinical Simulation Center, in 2005; and the Shelden Academic Resource Center in Athletic Sports Park, in 1998.

At Washington University School of Medicine, they also established the Russell and Mary Shelden Chair in Anesthesiology, in 1998, and the Russell D. and Mary B. Shelden Chair in Anesthesiology in 2006. In appreciation for their dedication to Washington University, they both received the Robert S. Brookings award in 2006.

Dr. Shelden received the Mizzou Alumni Association Faculty Alumni Award in 1981 and the Distinguished Service Award in 1991; the Columbia Campus Distinguished Service to the University System Award in 1989; The Medical Alumni Distinguished Award in 2003; and an Honorary Doctor of Science Honoris Causa degree, during graduation ceremonies at the Columbia campus in 2007.

Dr. Shelden was a member of the American Medical Association, Jackson County Medical Society; president of the Kansas City Society of Anesthesiologists; president of the Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists; Chairman of Anesthesiology for the Missouri Medical Association and District Director for the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Kansas City Southwest Clinical Society. He was president of Anesthesia Associates; a board member of Blue Shield of Kansas City, The Lyric Opera, Borrego Springs Community Health Society and the Missouri Senior Golf Association, serving as president in 2001.

He was a member of Phi Delta Theta, Phi Beta Pi Medical Fraternity, Mission Hills Country Club, de Anza Country Club, Native Sons of Kansas City, The Society of Mayflower Descendants and Baltimore Investments.

As a member of Second Presbyterian Church for more than 86 years, Dr. Shelden served as a Deacon and Elder on numerous occasions.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday July 9, 2014 at Second Presbyterian Church, with a reception following at Mission Hills Country Club from 4-6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a donation of either your volunteer time or financial support to the charity or organization of your choice, or to one of the many churches, schools, or hospitals he supported.