MANALAPAN — Dr. Gerald K. Shortz of Manalapan died Oct. 11. He was 86.
He was born in Indianapolis on Oct. 6, 1936, and received his bachelor’s degree from Wabash College in 1958 and his doctor of medicine from Northwestern University in 1962.
He was an Air Force medical officer (captain) and flight surgeon from 1963-1965. Dr. Shortz was in private practice in Delray Beach as a board certified orthopedic surgeon.
Dr. Shortz was heavily involved in the Manalapan community. He served as a town commissioner from 1978-1982, vice mayor from 1982-1988, mayor from 1988-2002, chair of the Zoning Commission from 2003-2007 and served as vice chair from 2010-2014.
During his free time and into retirement he enjoyed playing tennis, going scuba diving and fishing, road racing cars in endurance events throughout the Southeast and Skip Barber racing, while winning many races. He was also an avid downhill skier.
Dr. Shortz is survived by his son Steven, daughter Bretton (Jeff), granddaughters Lauren and Audrey, sister Gretchen (Walton) of Vero Beach, girlfriend Kathleen Poole and fur babies Sweet Pea and Rusty.
In lieu of flowers, the family requested that contributions be made to the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League and/or the Nature Conservancy.
— Obituary submitted by the family