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On the Everlasting Legacy of Dr. Shore

It is with sorrow that I share with you all that Miles F. Shore, MD passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 90 on June 20, 2019, just four weeks after celebrating his birthday. Dr. Shore left quite the legacy as one of the co-founders of Vinfen and with his significant accomplishments within the mental health community.

Dr. Shore will be remembered as a brilliant, kind, and inspiring humanist. He had a keen insight into human behavior and guided his peers into the new century of mental health. Born in Chicago, Illinois on May 26, 1929, Dr. Shore moved to Massachusetts to attend Harvard. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, and is a graduate of Harvard University, and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Shore extensively trained in psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and in psychoanalysis at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute.

From 1965 to 1975, Dr. Shore became Director of Community Psychiatry and Professor of Community Health at Tufts University School of Medicine. In 1975 he was appointed Bullard Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts Mental Health Center. The Center served as a dynamic research program in psychiatry and a component of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH).

Then, in 1983, Dr. Shore became the acting commissioner of DMH. In the next few years he also pursued the opportunity as the director for the national program for mental health at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). In 1993, Dr. Shore was appointed Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School, John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 1996, with Founder of RWLF Robert Wood Johnson II, Dr. Shore created the Health Policy Executive Program, Understanding the New World of Health Care.

Within the next decade, Dr. Shore was Senior Consultant and Director at Partners Harvard Medical International and conducted seminars on leadership and health policy abroad. Over his lifetime, he visited or worked in 38 countries across five continents.

With such an extensive body of work, Dr. Shore will be missed by many.

We in the Vinfen family will also miss him. At our 40th anniversary celebration  we honored him, and he responded predictably and graciously by acknowledging the contributions all who worked with him in the efforts to launch the company, and those of us who continue the mission today.

We want to express our sincere gratitude and sympathy to his family, and once again acknowledge that we wholeheartedly value Dr. Shore for his contributions in transforming the lives of the people we serve.

A family service has already taken place; a Memorial Service will be held in the fall.