Shantam passed peacefully around 10:00 Tuesday evening June 16 at his home in Mt. Shasta.
Shantam was born September 12, 1944 in Erie, Pa.. He attended Millcreek Jr. High School there and then went to Wilbraham Academy in Wilbraham, Ma. He then went on to receive an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
He formed Sheptow Publishing, which published two magazines in the film industry – Super-8 Filmmaker and Darkroom Photography. He also published a tourist coupon magazine in Hawaii.
Shantam spent two years at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and when there, produced a 53 minute film entitled "The Silver Crown," based on a short story by Bernard Malamud. The film went on to be selected for showing at the Mill Valley Film Festival and garnered first prize at the USA Dallas Film Festival.
Shantam spent months in the work-study program at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Ca. He spent months at Osho’s ashrams in the United States and in India. It was Osho who gave him his spiritual name. He was a regular practitioner of Tai Chi, and playing guitar and drums, especially with his friends, became an important part of his life.
Shantam has resided in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Thailand, and Mt. Shasta. He spent much time living abroad, mainly in the Far East, where he met his wife, Su Yun Chen.
Shantam was a strong supporter of the the Siskiyou Land Trust and of the Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center for whom he organized an annual fundraising rafting trip.
Shantam is survived by his wife Su Yun Chen, his brother Allen Sheptow, Bay Harbor Islands, Florida, half siblings Steven Sheptow, Barry Sheptow, and Janet Sheptow Dubich of Erie, Pa., and five first cousins he was especially close to: Cheri Sheptow Goldstein, Susie Sheptow Rovito, David Sheptow, Mike Sheptow and Gay Rifkin.