Levine Chapels

470 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA


Daniel C. Schaffer

June 7, 1938May 8, 2013

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 9 p.m.

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.


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Wena Dows

May 22, 2013

Dan was a great success as husband to my niece, Sally. He is so missed, not only by Sally, but all the rest of us too. Rest in peace, Dan.

May 13, 2013

I had Dan as a professor at Northeastern. I was very lucky that he agreed to supervise me on an independent study project and I learned an incredible amount about taxation and nonprofit law from him. Dan was a kind, funny and intelligent man who touched my life and I will never forget his help and his kindness. The legal community has lost a great mind and wonderful person who will be greatly missed.

May 13, 2013

Dan was my colleague for more than forty years. He was a great teacher. It was my good fortune that early in our careers he agreed to co-author an article involving tax and environmental law. I can't recall any activity which I found more instructive. Although it was not his primary goal, he taught me, as he would teach hundreds of students, how to do rigorous legal analysis. As many of his students can attest, no one did it better.

May 12, 2013

I taught with Dan for almost thirty years. He had a restless , probing and fascinatingly quirky mind, a wide range of intellectual curiosity and a delightful wry sense of humor. He lived simultaneously in the clouds and on terra firma and managed to be equally at home in both places. I shall miss him.


May 11, 2013

So many fond and memories of kind and gentle Dan. He made going out of his way feel as though it was on his way. Dan truly left his world better than he found it in big and small ways. I regret that I will not be able to join you at the Chapel for the service, because I will be doing exactly what Dan loved most -- I will be with students, in this instance, (I and several others who I am sure would like to be there to support Sally and the family), getting them ready for co-op with the Pathways training. My deep condolences. Susan Maze-Rothstein


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