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WWU Alumnus Receives Honor in Field of Medicine


By: Jaci Shankel

Stewart Shankel Voted in as Master of the American College of Physicians

Stewart Shankel, a 1954 Walla Walla University graduate, has been voted in as a Master of the American College of Physicians. This award, as stated by ACP Bylaws, is given to Fellows who have been chosen based on "personal character, positions of honor, contributions towards furthering the purposes of the ACP, eminence in practice or in medical research, and other attainments in science or in the art of medicine." In addition to these lofty accomplishments, the awardees are never self-nominated; nominations can only come from peers, mentors, and other ACP members that have already achieved fellowship. 

With 137,000 members, the ACP is the second largest physician group in the United States. Out of these 137,000, less than 50 are chosen each year to become Masters. 


Stewart studied internal medicine and then nephrology, retiring from his career to teach at Loma Linda University. He spent 17 years at LLU and was chairman of the department of medicine from 1986 to 1990. He also spent six years teaching at the medical school in Reno, Nev., where he became a professor. He spent about 11 years in private practice, and for the last 16 years, he has been teaching at the University of California in Riverside. 

 Stewart, his wife Elaine, and their children spent a year in Vietnam, where Stewart worked as chief of staff at the Saigon Adventist Hospital. In April of 1975, just before the fall of Saigon, Elaine and their children were evacuated by airplane along with dozens of orphans from the area. Stewart was evacuated two weeks later with the American troops. 

Stewart Shankel lives in Redlands, Calif., where he lived with his wife Elaine for 26 years of their 57 years of marriage. This past October, Elaine passed away after bravely enduring a series of illnesses, and she is greatly missed; the world has lost a beautiful woman.  

Stewart and Elaine have four adult children, all of whom are WWU alumni as well: Stewart Shankel III '81, Jeffery Shankel '84, Theodore Shankel '84, and Martha Ward '93. 


Published Friday, Mar. 7

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