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Press Release

March 31, 2009

PTC Mourns Passing of Dr. Robert Shaw


Dr. Robert ShawLOS ANGELES (March 31, 2009) – The Parents Television Council™ issued a statement in response to the news that Advisory Board Member Dr. Robert Shaw passed away last week at his home in Bolinas, CA.


A father of four, Dr. Shaw was a child and family psychiatrist and director of the Family Institute of Berkeley in California, which he developed with his wife, Judith Shaw, M.A.  He wrote The Epidemic: The Rot of American Culture, Absentee and Permissive Parenting, and the Resultant Plague of Joyless, Selfish Children. 


Dr. Shaw’s professional positions included Chief of Child Psychiatry In-patient Service and Chief of Child Psychiatry Residency Training at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, Director of The Coney Island Mental Health Center for Children and Youth, and Chief of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Family and Children's Mental Health Services for the entire South Bronx of New York, where he trained child psychiatry residents in community psychiatry.  He joined the PTC’s Advisory Board in 2004.


“Bob Shaw was a man of remarkable insight, intelligence and integrity.  His work embraced the foundation of the PTC’s mission to protect children from harmful material.  While our hearts are heavy with his passing, we celebrate his life – a life dedicated to helping countless children and families.  He leaves behind a positive, lasting legacy that will continue to benefit generations to come.  Our hearts and prayers are with Judith and the entire Shaw family at this very difficult time,” said PTC President Tim Winter.


In The Epidemic, Dr. Shaw wrote: “Large numbers of children, even including those who could be considered privileged, are no longer developing the empathy, moral commitment, and ability to love necessary to maintain our society at the level that has always been our dream.”


To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver (ext. 140) or Megan Franko (ext. 148) at (703) 683-5004.

The Parents Television Council™ (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.




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