DUXBURY, MA and YONKERS, NY – December 27, 2021 — Kevin McShane, 84, died peacefully in his home in Duxbury on December 22, 2021. He had Parkinson’s Disease. Christine Lintz McShane, his wife of 47 years, was with him.
Kevin was born in Yonkers, New York, on November 14, 1937, the son of Mary Jane Ryan McShane and Thomas P. McShane. He attended St. Denis Elementary School and Charles E. Gorton High School in Yonkers. A member of the United States Army Reserve, his college years were interrupted by a call to active duty in 1961-1962. After a stint at the State University of New York at Albany, he graduated from Manhattan College in 1964 and received an MS from the School of Library Service, Columbia University, in 1968.
He began his career at the Yonkers Public Library as a young adult librarian—there he met Christine, who was looking for a book. Among his duties were playing the male lead in children’s room puppet shows and conducting story hours.
In the 1970s, large research libraries were beginning to develop cataloging records for a worldwide digital data system. Kevin first headed the Serials Department of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, then worked at the Library of Congress, and later the National Library of Medicine.
Kevin was a volunteer docent at the Library of Congress, showing visitors around the historic Thomas Jefferson Building. At the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, he and Christine were regular volunteers at the Children’s Inn.
As a college student, Kevin began visiting outer Cape Cod. In 1991 he and Christine bought a house in Truro for vacations in the spring and the fall. At retirement, they moved to the Village at Duxbury on the South Shore. Kevin volunteered in the Village library and was instrumental in moving its catalog online.