Judith Ann Schafer

December 12, 1942December 16, 2014

Judith Kelleher Schafer on December 16, 2014, age 72 years. She was born on December 12, 1942. Predeceased by her Parents: Beryl Rabouin and Robert C. Kelleher, M.D. Beloved wife of Timothy G. Schafer and mother of Ashley Elizabeth Schafer and T. Gregory Schafer. Grandmother of: Andrew G. Schafer, Linus Schafer-Goulthorpe, and Charlotte W. Schafer. Sister of Cody A. Kelleher. Mother-in-Law to Elizabeth Billings Schafer and Mark Goulthorpe. Judith Kelleher Schafer obtained a BA from H. Sophie Newcomb College, and an MA and PhD in History from Tulane University. She was both a highly regarded scholar and professor of American history and legal history at Tulane University and Tulane University Law School where she worked for over 30 years. Dr. Schafer published numerous articles and essays in law reviews and historical journals. She also published three books: Slavery, the Civil Law, and the Supreme Court of Louisiana (winner of the Francis Simkins Prize of the Southern Historical Association and the Kemper Williams award of the Louisiana Historical Association; Becoming Free, Manumission and Enslavement in Antebellum New Orleans; and Brothels, Depravity and Abandoned Women: Illegal Sex in Antebellum in New Orleans, winner of the Gulf Coast Historical Association’s book prize for 2011. She served as the President of the Louisiana Historical Association and Associate Director of the Murphy Institute for Political Economy. She was a member of the American Society for Legal History, the Southern Historical Association, and the Louisiana Historical Association, where she served as president in 2002 and was elected to the Company of Fellows. The organization honored her scholarship with the McGinty Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. She was a eucharistic minister at Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church in Grand Isle, Louisiana. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at LAKE LAWN METAIRIE FUNERAL HOME, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. (in Metairie Cemetery) on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM. Visitation will begin at 2:00 PM. Interment will follow in Metairie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Poor Clare Nuns on Henry Clay Avenue. neral Home, New Orleans, LA.


  • Visitation Friday, December 19, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 19, 2014

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Amo Kip Kipyegon

October 24, 2015

I am sorry to hear the news of the passing away of my favorite Political Economy Professor Schafer. I had a chance to learn a lot in her class. All about the Early American Law, the struggles of African American in fighting for their civil liberties, and many more.It was Dr. Schafer, who gave me the chance to go for a summer internship in Kenya, my native homeland,which allowed me to both- learn and visit with my family.

I will always remember her, and I know that those who knew and loved her, will miss her dearly.

Class of '99.

Victoria Allison

January 12, 2015

Judy was such a wonderful friend and inspiration. I will miss her smile and dry wit but, most of all, her kindness. A beautiful lady who leaves a legacy of a life fully lived.

Eliza Willis

January 6, 2015

I am deeply saddened by news of Judy's death. We worked together at the Murphy Institute in the early 1990s. She was truly an inspiration as a scholar and provided a fine role model as a colleague. I have very fond memories of our many conversations about the history of New Orleans and Louisiana. Much of what I know about New Orleans, I learned from Judy. I also recall the pride she had in her children and the love she had for her family. Her loss will be keenly felt by all who knew her.

Eduardo Febles

January 4, 2015

Professor Schafer was an absolute gem of a person and teacher. I became a Political Economy major thanks to her guidance and inspiration. I remember very vividly taking her course on American Political Thought my senior year and reading Ben Franklin's papers in the class. She was always balanced in her approach, demanding yet understanding, and extremely compassionate. I will miss her very much.

Beth Blankenship

December 22, 2014

We were so sad to hear of Judith's passing, and our prayers are with the Schafers at this time. Judith was a fine scholar and a great New Orleanian whose love for the city was clear in her work. We were blessed to be able to know her.
-Beth Blankenship and Cherry Cappel

Sherry Haus

December 22, 2014

Thinking of your lovely family during this difficult time. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. The Haus Family (Sherry, Brian, Diana and Will)

Molly Rothenberg

December 22, 2014

Judy was a stellar colleague, so excellent in every aspect of teaching, scholarship, and service. But these were just expressions of her indefatigable
curiosity, kindness, and dedication. She leaves behind many, many friends and former students whose lives were enhanced-- and in some cases saved-- through her efforts. She will be dearly missed.

Jonathan Drucker

December 22, 2014

Words can not express the depth of my respect and admiration for Dr. Schafer. She was simply a great human being. She gave of herself and always was available for students to make sure they got whatever it is they needed, academically and emotionally. She is responsible for and had great credit in guiding hundreds if not thousands of us who attended Tulane and the Murphy Institute. To the family: please know that Judy touched more people than you all can ever imagine.

Tre McQueen

December 22, 2014

Dr. Schafer was one of my favorite professors and mentors at Tulane. I majored and worked in the Political Economy department during my 4 years at Tulane, and I still remember some of her phrases and lessons that she taught me about New Orleans, academia, and life. In the few times I've made it back to Tulane since then, I've always looked forward to catching up with her. Thanks to her, I was able to live overseas for the first time because she inspired me to apply for a study abroad program in London, England -and now my family and I are living overseas for the third time. Words cannot do her justice, and she will live on in our hearts, minds, where she will continue to inspire.
Godbless you and your family.

jenny bourne

December 22, 2014

Judy was a fine scholar and such a warm and engaging person. I will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.