October 16, 1961 – July 11, 2020
Theodore L. Shankel ’88 was born Oct. 16, 1961, and died July 11, 2020, after a courageous battle against glioblastoma. The day after Dr. Shankel graduated from he married his classmate Tamara M. Shankel ’88. He completed an internal medicine residency at LLUMC and a pulmonary critical care fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He practiced pulmonary/critical care for over 24 years at Beaver Medical Group and Redlands Community Hospital.
Dr. Shankel was known for his love for Jesus and his desire to serve Him. He was a man of the highest integrity who always sought excellence in all he did. He loved his family, hiking, surfing, dirt biking, and skiing. He had the greatest, most infectious laugh imaginable; if you heard it, you enjoyed it and never forgot it.
Dr. Shankel is survived by his wife, Tamara; his children, Jaci, Matt, and Katie; his son-in-law, Craig Nash; father and stepmother, Stewart W. Shankel ’58 and Joy Shankel; brothers, Stewart (Helen) and Jeff Shankel; and sister, Marti Ward (Bill).