June Shaw

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June Fore Shaw

June Fore Shaw (born March 19, 1930 in Montevallo; died July 15, 2014 in Birmingham) was a pathologist and director of the blood bank and tissue-typing laboratory at UAB Hospital.

June was the daughter of Shelby County Sheriff Claude Fore and his wife, Wilna. She eloped at age sixteen and had a daughter, and two more failed marriages, before deciding to enroll in college with the aim of becoming a doctor. She earned her M.D. in 1960 from the University of Alabama College of Medicine and completed residencies in clinical and anatomical pathology. As director of UAB's blood bank and tissue-typing lab she co-founded the American Association for Clinical Histocompatibility Testing.

Shaw was known for her love of short skirts, flashy cars, and the Grateful Dead. She was a member of the National Organization of Woman and campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment.

Shaw survived a stroke and a battle with pancreatic cancer. She spent her last years at Greenbriar at the Altamont and in hospice care.


  • "June Fore Shaw" obituary (July 18, 2014) The Birmingham News
  • Garrison, Greg (August 10, 2014) "Life Stories: Sheriff's daughter became miniskirt-wearing feminist doctor." The Birmingham News