Paul E. "Gene" Shaw
A long-time supporter and visionary of the WestGate @ Crane Technology Park, Paul E. "Gene" Shaw, 77, passed away unexpectedly on July 20, 2010. Mr. Shaw was the first president of the WestGate @ Crane Authority from 2006 to 2009, and was serving on the Authority board at the time of his death.
"Gene Shaw was an active supporter of a technology park outside of the NSWC Crane military facility long before an actual building was first constructed," said Kent Parisien, current president of the Authority. "The existence of the WestGate today is in part a living legacy of his selfless community service."
In addition to his work with the WestGate, Mr. Shaw was deeply involved in community work throughout Martin County, including serving on the Martin County Redevelopment Commission and helping found the Martin County Community Foundation. He was previously recognized for his regional service by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who formally named him a "Distinguished Hoosier." He was named "Citizen of the Year" in 2010 by the Martin County Chamber of Commerce.
"I regarded Gene both as a colleague in service and as a very good friend of everyone working to make our region a better one," said Don Bowling, Mayor of Loogootee and vice president of the WestGate Authority. "He left an outstanding record of service and he will be missed."