Arthur Paul, Jr. Shields

#82, b. 19 January 1934, d. 10 September 2003
Arthur Paul, Jr. Shields|b. 19 Jan 1934\nd. 10 Sep 2003|p82.htm|Arthur Paul (Otts) Shields|b. 12 Dec 1902\nd. 20 Sep 1970|p51.htm|Margaret Sullivan|d. 3 Nov 1980|p56.htm|John Shields|b. 16 Oct 1861\nd. 9 Sep 1922|p14.htm|Mary F. Wheeler|b. 4 Jun 1868\nd. 30 May 1926|p15.htm|||||||
  • Birth*: Arthur Paul, Jr. Shields was born on 19 January 1934 at MD, US.1,2
  • He was the son of Arthur Paul (Otts) Shields and Margaret Sullivan.
  • Occupation: Arthur Paul, Jr. Shields was news anchor between 1954 and 1962 at Baltimore, MD, US.3
  • Occupation*: He was weatherman, newsman, salesman, account executive between 1962 and 1969 at WAGA, Atlanta, Fulton, GA, US.1,3
  • Illness*: He was ill with rare brain disease thought to be terminal, but he recovered. Remember visiting him in a nursing home in Catonsville. He suffered from extreme tics that only subsided when he smoked. between 1969 and 1970 at Baltimore, MD, US.1,4,5
  • Occupation: He was newsman between 1971 and 1991 at WAGA, Atlanta, Fulton, GA, US.1
  • Death*: He died on 10 September 2003 at Atlanta, Fulton, GA, US, at age 69 respiratory failure; obituary in Atlanta Jewish Times: Paul Shields, 69, of Atlanta, died Sept. 10, 2003.
    Funeral services were held Sept. 12 with Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin officiating. Interment was at Crest Lawn Memorial Park.
    Mr. Shields had a 30-year career with WAGA-TV, most notably as a news anchor and news director. His career began in Baltimore where he was one of the countrys youngest major market news anchors for eight years before moving to Atlanta in 1962. While at WAGA, he produced and hosted a number of prime-time interviews with major newsmakers, received the Associated Press Pacemaker Award, was appointed by Rosalyn Carter to the Presidents Task Force on Mental Health and received the Presidential Award by the Mental Health Association of Metro Atlanta. He was the 1998 recipient of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Silver Circle Award. After retiring, Mr. Shields worked as a community volunteer, devoting time to the Metro Atlanta Mental Health Association, reading weekly for the blind, lobbying for the Georgia Council for the Arts, narrating videos for the Atlanta History Center and the Jewish Educational Loan Fund, recording weekly public service announcements for the Atlanta Public Library system, serving as a guest lecturer at Berry College and as an active member of the Board of Community Friendship.
    In a 1986 newspaper article, Mr. Shields said that he hoped to be remembered for trying to bring better understanding and patience to the area of mental health.
    Survivors include his wife, Dale Jacobs Shields; son and daughter-in-law, William and Susan Shields; and daughter and son-in-law, Adam and Rachel Printz.
    Contributions may be made to a charity of ones choice.
    Arrangements by H.M. Patterson and Son, Spring Hill Chapel.1,2,3
  • Burial*: He was buried on 12 September 2003 at Crest Lawn Memorial Park, Atlanta, Fulton, GA, US.3


  1. [S446] Paul Shields, Obituary, Broadcasting & Cable,, 22 Sep 2003.
  2. [S44] Social Security Death Index (Database online: Provo, Utah:;
  3. [S448] Paul Shields, Obituary, Atlanta Jewish Times,, 2 Dec 2003.
  4. [S137] Joanne S. Frey, Testimony (
  5. [S447] Paul Shields, News Item, The Georgia Bulletin,, 22 May 1969.