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Lycoming County United Way names recipient of Douglas C. Dickey Humanitarian Award


Robert L. Shangraw


Lycoming County United Way has named its 2014 Douglas C. Dickey Humanitarian Award recipient. The award – the organization’s highest volunteer honor – will be presented to Robert L. Shangraw at its April 16 annual dinner.

Named in honor of Douglas C. Dickey, a past LCUW president lost in the crash of TWA Flight 800, the award is presented to an individual whose dedication, commitment, and outstanding leadership have made a significant contribution to the welfare of Lycoming County. The award was first presented in 1947 as the Lycoming United Way Award and was renamed in 1997 to honor Dickey’s memory and his contributions to the local United Way.

Shangraw becomes the 69th honoree selected.

“The Douglas C. Dickey Humanitarian Award is the highest volunteer honor bestowed by Lycoming County United Way,” said Scott N. Lowery, LCUW Executive Director. “Selection criteria includes an individual’s volunteer service to Lycoming County United Way, the Program Partners we serve, and Lycoming County non-profit organizations, as well as involvement in community endeavors.”

An alumnus of Lycoming College, Shangraw graduated in 1958. In 2004, he became an honorary degree recipient from Lycoming College, Doctor of Laws.

He began his professional career at Bell Telephone of Pennsylvania, where he remained from 1955 through 1961 as a communications consultant and, later, a sales supervisor.

Shangraw spent the latter part of his career climbing the ranks at Merrill Lynch as a financial consultant, assistant vice president, vice president and first vice president of investments, a role from which he retired in August 2001.

His memberships include the Lycoming County United Way Tocqueville Society and the Williamsport Country Club. He had previously served as a board member of the Ross Club.

Shangraw’s civic responsibilities are numerous, holding positions with the following: Lycoming College Board of Trustees, Chairman Emeritus; Lycoming College Capital Campaign, Chair 1986 and 1990; Lycoming Business-Education Coalition Member; Williamsport Hospital Board Member; Children’s Development Center Capital Campaign, Chairman; Capital Campaign, Little League Baseball; Lycoming County Capital Campaign, Hiawatha; Lycoming County Capital Campaign Review Committee; Williamsport-Lycoming Foundation, Past President and Advisory Board Member; Williamsport Area Community College Building Authority, Chairman; Williamsport Area Join School Authority, Chairman; Jersey Shore YMCA, Capital Campaign Advisor; Treasure Lake Church, Capital Campaign Advisor; River Valley Regional YMCA, Capital Campaign Advisor; and Susquehanna Health, Capital Campaign Advisor.

“Lycoming County United Way recognizes that Bob’s activities have benefited many of the same programs supported by our organization, including the Children’s Development Center and Jersey Shore YMCA, as well as others such as Susquehanna Health, Lycoming College, Williamsport Area School District and Little League Baseball, Inc., all of which make positive impacts on the community,” Lowery said.

Shangraw and his wife, Charlene, are the parents of David, Douglas, Susan Bennett, Nancy DeSanto, James Maynard, Rob Maynard and Brenda Bragonier.

Shangraw will receive the Dickey Award from Dr. Oscar W. Knade, Jr., the 2013 LCUW honoree.


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