Dr. Lorie M. Shapiro ended her valiant two-year struggle against leukemia on March 19, 2013, at her home in Katy, Texas, in the presence of family and friends.
Dr. Shapiro was preceded in death by her parents, Laura and Goodwin. She is survived by her husband, Jamie Magelky of Katy; her daughter, Sarah Magelky of Vancouver British Columbia; her daughter, Erica Magelky of Boston, Massachusetts; and her brother, Rick Shapiro of Park City, Utah.
Dr. Shapiro’s lifelong love of learning was fueled by her world travels. She was born on May 13, 1959, in Laredo, Texas, and spent her childhood in Juarez and Mexico City, Mexico; Korea; Spain and Argentina, before graduating from Coronado High in El Paso, Texas, in 1975.
Eager to achieve her goal of becoming a doctor, she entered Rice University at age 16 and was awarded a Bachelor of Art degree in 1979. She attended UT Medical School in Houston, graduating in 1983. She was named the Outstanding Graduating Student in her class by the Department of Internal Medicine.
Specializing in the treatment of diabetes, she was awarded a fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at UT Medical School from 1987-1989. She was in private practice from 1990 to 2012 at Endocrinology Associates of Houston, where she was a leader in adopting new technologies for delivering treatments for diabetes, which improved the quality of life for many of her patients.
Among Dr. Shapiro’s many professional citations: November, 1989 — American Board of Internal Medicine, Diplomate Certified, Endocrinology and Metabolism; and May 1996 —Elected Fellow — American College of Endocrinology.
Her life was much more than her career. She was part of a Houston-area punk band in the early 1980s, and was an accomplished cook, seamstress and gardener. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, friend and an ally for those in need. Through her medical expertise — or as a member of AA — she touched and enriched countless lives. She is loved and missed by colleagues, patients, friends and acquaintances
Many thanks to Methodist Hospital Gene Transplant Center, Nexus Neuro-Therapy Campus in the Woodlands and Houston Hospice, for making her final days and hours comfortable, peaceful and painless.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at New Hope Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, located at 1350 N. Mason Road in Katy.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Lorie's name to the following: Houston Hospice, 880 South Dairy Ashford #537, Houston, TX 77077, Attn: Patricia Roberts; or The American Diabetes Association, which was Lorie’s specialty and her passion: http://www.diabetes.org/