on September 4, 2013 - 8:40 PM
June 8, 1928 – Sept. 3, 2013
Arthur C. Schaeffer, an educator in television production, died Tuesday in his Town of Tonawanda home after a short illness. He was 85.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Schaeffer graduated from Kenmore High School in 1944 and enlisted in the Marines during World War II. In 1953, he received a bachelor’s degree in drama and speech from the University at Buffalo and married the former Lucille Jesell.
He began his career at WGR-TV in 1956 as a floor director, lighting director and set builder. He was named a producer-director at the station in 1960 and remained in that role until 1965 when he moved cross-country for post-graduate work at San Diego State University. He graduated in 1972 with a master’s degree in radio and television.
He returned to the area and was hired as a producer-director and adjunct assistant professor in the Journalism, Broadcast and Speech department at SUNY Buffalo State. He coordinated foreign exchange visits as part of the American Field Service, serving as president from 1972 to 1973.
After 30 years of teaching at Buffalo State, Mr. Schaeffer retired but stayed active at the school by recording Buffalo State Bengals football games.
Missionary work took him in 2003 and 2004 to Haiti where he helped build an orphanage and New Orleans in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. Until two weeks before his death, Mr. Schaeffer cared for a friend who suffers from cerebral palsy.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years and four daughters, Kim Hughes, Tracy Paladino, Darcy Zekas and Lisa Jo.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in First Trinity Lutheran Church, 1570 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.