Philip B. Schaeffer, 82

College vice president

June 05, 2007

Philip B. Schaeffer, former vice president for business affairs and treasurer of what is now McDaniel College, died of emphysema Wednesday at Hanover Hospital in Hanover, Pa. The former longtime Westminster resident was 82.

Mr. Schaeffer was born on the Westminster campus of what was then Western Maryland College, where his father, Carl L. Schaeffer, had been chief business officer for 40 years.

After graduating from Westminster High School in 1942, he entered Western Maryland College, but interrupted his college career when he enlisted in the Army a year later.

He served with an infantry unit in Europe and earned the Bronze Star. He returned to Western Maryland, where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1948.

He went to work for General Electric Co. in 1948 as production manager in the company's ordnance department at its Pittsfield, Mass., plant.

He returned to the college in 1958 as assistant treasurer and was named treasurer the next year.

In 1973, he was promoted to vice president for business affairs and treasurer, and held those positions until retiring in 1982.

Mr. Schaeffer's responsibilities included budgetary planning and administration, personnel, accounts, the physical plant, contracts, auxiliary enterprises and other similar functions.

For the past 10 years, Mr. Schaeffer had been a resident of Cross Keys Brethren Home Community in New Oxford, Pa.

He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster and was a former member and chairman of the Westminster Board of Zoning Appeals.

He enjoyed reading, golf, and listening to Dixieland and jazz. He was also an inveterate crossword puzzle fan.

"Every day, he'd say after completing a puzzle, `Well, I've avoided the special care unit for another week,'" said his wife of 59 years and only survivor, the former Martha Knouse.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

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