In Memory: Dalton Sheppard

Dear Laurentian Community,

I write with the sad news that Dalton “Shep” Sheppard has died. The former buildings and grounds manager at St. Lawrence was 89 years old when he passed on February 14th.

Our campus was fortunate to be under Shep’s care for many years until he retired in 1993. He helped make this place home. Thanks to his work here, generations of Laurentians remember—and long to return to—the beauty and welcoming spirit of St. Lawrence.

Originally from North Carolina, Shep enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1954 and rose to the rank of Captain of the Maple (WAGL-234), stationed in Detroit, MI and Buffalo and Ogdensburg, N.Y.

In 1971, he married Barbara Roscher. As their family grew, Shep received his honorable discharge from the Coast Guard in 1977.

He loved his family and the North Country outdoors. If he wasn’t attending one of his grandkids’ sporting events, he could be found hunting, fishing, or gardening at home in Ogdensburg.

In lieu of flowers, Shep’s family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Shriner’s Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

As we mourn the loss of our friend and colleague, we extend our gratitude to Shep for his service to St. Lawrence and our community. He made St. Lawrence beautiful and we honor his legacy.

Please join us in celebrating Shep's life by sharing your memories of him on the St. Lawrence University website. You can read the remembrances of others here.


Kate Morris