Cosgrove, Caroline. “Remembering Dr. Stephen Shafer” Lion’s Voice, 13 October 2004, 7.

Remembering Dr. Stephen Shafer

by Caroline Cosgrove

Students and faculty of Dowling college gather to mourn the loss of a mentor, mediator, confidant and teacher, professor Stephen Shafer. On September 14, just weeks after announcing retirement from a 34-year long career as Professor Biology and Natural Science, Professor Shafer died, leaving behind a legacy which epitomizes the fundamental principles and heart of what it means to be a member of Dowling.

Shafer who received his Masters of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from Temple University came to Dowling College in 1973. He immediately became active in student and faculty affairs and remained so even after his retirement this August. Shafer was founder of the Dowling College Faculty Scholarship Fund where he encouraged his colleagues to follow his generous ways, offering support to deserving students. In leading a decision to build the Jerry and Debra Kramer Science Center Shafer ensured that future science programs at Dowling College would provide up to date facilities to students. Most recently, during his retirement, Shafer served on his fifth negotiating committee debating faculty union contracts.

Faculty at Dowling College where Shafer taught for 34 years remember a kind, respected man who would always be eager to give advice or lend a hand. Students who were lucky enough to take a class with Professor Shafer learned more through his life lessons than any textbook could offer.

Shafer is survived by his wife Gail Thallmann Shafer of Patchogue and duaghter Cindy Buckmann of Germantown, MD. He will lieve on through the countless lives of those he touched at Dowling College.

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