Entrepreneur and USF Supporter Jim Shields Passes Away

August 3, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Jim Shields, a local entrepreneur and friend of the University of Saint Francis, passed away on August 1 at the age of 93.

A World War II veteran, Shields attended St. Joseph College in Rensselaer and began his corporate career at Merrill Lynch as an account executive.

He was a great supporter and donor to many civic, education- and sports-related causes, including USF athletics and academic programs. Shields was named an Honorary USF Alumnus in 2008.

Shields also served on the board of the St. Anne Home and participated in a variety of businesses including the Parrot Market, Harris-Kayot, Kitco and Acme Heat Treat. Shields was inducted into the Greater Fort Wayne Business Hall of Fame in 2009.

“The USF athletic department is saddened by the loss of one of Fort Wayne’s most influential people in Mr. Jim Shields,” said USF Athletic Director Mike McCaffrey. “Mr. Shields has been a friend of our Cougars family for many years. Our students will be impacted forever due to the generosity of Jim and Margaret Shields.”

USF President Sister M. Elise Kriss added, “The University of Saint Francis will certainly miss Jim and his support for Cougar Athletics. Jim befriended many of us here at the university and his frank assessment of anything that he was involved with was very welcomed. Jim was a faithful attendee at most every football game and was a member of the Athletics Committee. We will miss his colorful personality and his mentoring and supportive interest in the significant developments on the USF campus over the past 20 years. Most importantly we will miss his friendship and dedication to providing the best for our students.”

Our thoughts are with the Shields family as we remember Jim and his contributions to Fort Wayne and the USF community.

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. In 2016, the University of Saint Francis expanded its presence to downtown Fort Wayne. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis campus experience includes 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and three team NAIA national championships, and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.