05.10.13 

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 causes.  

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.

It is clear from the many outpourings of sympathy I have already seen that Professor Schaffer will be deeply missed. On behalf of everyone in the Law School community, I extend our condolences to Professor Schaffer's entire family. 

Jeremy Paul

Dean and Professor of Law