Roger Alan Shipley was a longtime teacher of English and wood shop at the North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, Ill., where he also directed the stage crew for many years. He also served as technical director for several professional theater companies.
In Bellingham, Wash., he was director of Western Washington University's performing arts facility and taught stagecraft classes. In the 1980s, he taught himself electronics and physics so he could build his own satellite tracking equipment, which he used to hear astronaut Owen Garriott aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 1983.
Mr. Shipley died July 19, 2019. He leaves his wife of 50 years, Gayle Shipley [whom he married in the chapel at Oberlin twelve days after our Commencement in 1969], and a son and daughter.
—from Oberlin Alumni Magazine, 2020/Spring/Summer