Jeremy Paul (Dean, Northeastern): NUSL Mourns the Loss of Professor Daniel Schaffer (June 7, 1938 - May 8, 2013):
It is with a heavy heart that I report the unexpected passing of our
colleague, Dan Schaffer, who died Wednesday night of as yet unidentified
Professor Schaffer joined the Northeastern law faculty in 1970 and
was named Professor of Law in 1974. After more than 40 years of
dedicated teaching and research primarily in the tax field, his many
contributions are well known to our community. Virtually every graduate
of the law school who studied tax while here had the benefit of Dan's
clear, well-organized and rigorous teaching style.
A magna cum laude graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law
School, Professor Schaffer spent six years practicing law at the law
firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobsen before finding his
true calling in the legal academy. His scholarly focus covered many
areas of tax law, including health care, child care credits,
intercorporate dividends, ERISA and tax treatment of disabilities. Above
all, he was a gentle soul committed to the advancement of knowledge,
one student at a time.
(Hat Tip: Dan Filler.) From Dan's obituary:
Daniel C.Schaffer, of Brookline, MA passed away on Wednesday, May 8,
2013 as a result of complications following surgery. He was the loving
husband of Sally Bould and of the late Judith (Wolch) Schaffer, the
devoted father of Noah Schaffer, the son of the late Leo & Rae
Schaffer and the brother of Jerome Schaffer.
Daniel's family remembers him as a kind and warm father and husband who
always there in times of need. "He always encouraged us to follow our
passions the way that he had," said his son Noah. "There was only one
topic that I never felt comfortable discussing with him, and that was
whether he would someday retire. And, as it turns out, he never did."
lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Daniel C. Schaffer
Scholarship Fund at Northeastern University School of Law, 400
Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115.