Meadowdale High School graduate Jeff Shannon, a widely-read film critic, passed away in late December of pneumonia at the age of 52.
In a Jan. 11 story, Seattle Times art critic Mischa Berson wrote that “all of us who knew and worked with him, and his many friends and colleagues around the country, can attest to his intellect, humor, writing talent and his inspiring tenacity in aiming to live a full, independent life.”
At 17, Shannon was a popular Edmonds teenager planning to be an actor. Just two weeks after he graduated from Meadowdale High School, a diving injury in Hawaii left him largely paralyzed from the neck down.
But encouraged by his parents, the late Gerald and Angela Shannon, of Edmonds, he went to Wright State University in Ohio, where he studied film history, theory and criticism and started writing about movies, our news partner, the Seattle Times, reported.
Shannon, a Lynnwood resident, would go on to review films for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and later the Seattle Times. He served two terms on the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment.
Details of a March 16 memorial service will be posted on Shannon’s Facebook account.
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