AU mourns the passing of Dr. Frederick Shoot

Fri, 2012-07-20 10:17 -- univcomm

  Date:  9/25/2000

  Title:  AU mourns the passing of Dr. Frederick Shoot

Dr. Frederick Shoot passed away Sept. 17, 2000, after an extended illness. In 1953 he arrived at Anderson University to teach religious studies. After teaching for several years, he was named associate dean in 1967 and three years later assumed the position of dean of instruction. After 27 years Dr. Shoot retired from Anderson University in 1980 and received the distinction of Professor Emeritus.

In 1988, Dr. Shoot received the Distinguished Service Award from Anderson University and was associated with the National Association of Biblical Instructors, Society of Biblical Literature Exegesis, and Indiana Teachers of Religion.

Dr. Shoot was born Dec. 8, 1914, in Delta, Colo., and moved to Anderson in 1953. He attended Park Place Church of God and was a professor at Anderson University. Dr. Shoot did his undergraduate work at the University of Idaho. In 1946 he received his master of arts degree in New Testament from the University of Southern California. From the same university he received his Ph.D. in Old Testament.

Before his tenure at AU, Dr. Shoot's experience in teaching included 1 1/2 years as instructor in speech at Pacific Bible College; Portland, Ore., and 2 1/2 years as assistant in English at the University of Southern California. He was ordained as a minister in the Church of God in 1937, and had extended experience in religious education work of various kinds.

He is survived by his wife of almost 55 years, whom he married Oct. 10, 1945, Bernice (Tonning) Shoot of Anderson; two sons and daughters-in-law, Frederick "Rick" Jr. and wife Susan Shoot of Lowell, Ore., and Roger L. and wife Pamela Shoot of Anderson; two sisters, Ruth Madden of Everett, Wash., and Gladys Hayes of Oceanside, Calif.; one granddaughter, Brittany Shoot of Pendleton; four step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Four brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

A memorial service occurred at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 21, at Park Place Church of God with Dr. Don Johnson and the Rev. David Coolidge officiating. Dr. Shoot's body was be donated at his request to the Indiana University School of Medicine for the benefit of medical science.

Contributions may be made to the following organizations: Dr. Frederick and Bernice Shoot Scholarship Fund at Anderson University, 1100 E. Fifth St., Anderson, IN 46012 or Coolidge Chancel Concert Series Endowment Fund at Park Place Church of God, 501 College Drive, Anderson, IN 46012.