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The Passing of World War II 'Icon' Edith Shain, Nurse Kissed in Times Square Photo

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2010-06-22 07:20:31     
American Association of Women

The family of Edith Shain announced the passing of their dear mother in Los Angeles on Sunday June 20, 2010 California. Ms. Shain was a Registered Nurse, kindergarten teacher, public access cable television producer who became a world famous figure following her participation in the 50th Anniversary of V-J Day in August of 1995.

In August of 1945 she was photographed by famed photographer Alfred Eisenstadt while kissing a jubilant U.S. Sailor in Times Square, in celebration of the end of World War II. Her son Michael Shain described the photo as having captured "an epic moment in American history, one that inspired patriotism, unity, joy and a spontaneous national pride in victoriously ending the war."

When asked why his mother had attracted so much attention in her senior years, her son Dr. Robert Shain explained "she had a wonderful charismatic personality full of love, laughter and caring about other people and in government and politics."

Edith Shain is also survived by son Justin Decker, who said, "my mom was always willing take on new challenges and caring for the World War II veterans energized her to take another chance to make a difference." She also leaves behind six grand children and eight great grandchildren.

Lifetime Highlights of World War II "Icon" Edith Shain:

Born and raised in Tarrytown New York July 29, 1918
New York Hunter High School graduate (age 16)
1947 graduate from New York Doctors Nursing School
Bachelors degree in education New York University
Hancock Park & Burbank Kindergarten Teacher (30 yrs)
Continued nursing license, working night shift at Cedars Lebanon.
She was the subject of a Life magazine article in 1979 her and Eisenstadt
Co-founder, Producer of Full Disclosure Public Access TV Program in Los Angeles
Director, American Association of Women, Public Affairs Education

Edith Shain's participation in Veteran Memorial events included :

60TH Year Anniversary WW II to New York Times Square
25 ft. statute next to the war ship in San Diego
Grand Marshall of numerous parades
Grand Marshall Veterans Day in NY City
Laid Down the wreath of WW2 Tundra Tomb Washington DC
Numerous overseas appearances for Veterans Memorial events

Related Links: http://www.edithshainmemories.com/

Contact: Leslie Dutton 310-822-4449 American Association of Women

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