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.
Services will be held at the Levine Chapels, 470 Harvard St., Brookline on Monday, May 13 at 12 noon. Interment at Beit Olam East, 48 Concord Rd. Wayland. Following the interment a memorial observance will be held at his late residence through
Professor Schaffer helped establish the innovative law program at Northeastern University School of Law, where he joined the faculty in 1970. Law School Dean Jeremy Paul said in a statement that "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 and nonprofit 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.
"It is clear from the many outpourings of sympathy I have already seen that Professor Schaffer will be deeply missed."
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."
In 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.