Of Chevy Chase, MD passed away on May 24, 2014 after an accident at his home. Beloved husband of Eser Ozdeger and loving stepfather to Taylan Tun??ata; devoted son of Carol Schaffer and Bill Schaffer, and stepson of Randy Swisher; loving brother to Alexandra Schaffer, Cena Swisher, and Becky Schaffer who passed away in 2011; he will be greatly missed.
A longtime Washington, DC resident, Tim graduated from Maret School in 1989. After obtaining his degree from Yale University
in 1993, he spent a year teaching in Warsaw. Tim returned to Maret from 1994 to 2008, where his enthusiasm for teaching influenced countless students and colleagues. The vast reach of his expertise and knowledge shaped the direction of technology integration on campus, provided stellar set designs for school performances, and inspired him to lead students on multiple educational trips, most notably the Subtropical Zone Ecology program in Sanibel, FL. Since 2008, he has served as Director of Technology and Sustainability at Barrie School in Silver Spring, MD, where he guided Barrie's use of learning management systems, designed sets for theater productions, and helped plan the campus's new green buildings.
Tim often began a sentence with "I wonder . . ." This was his active mind at work, and his curiosity and creativity were reflected in everything he did, from helping kindergarten students discover the wildlife on campus ponds to the designs he created for school plays.
Tim's broad range of responsibilities reflected the breadth of his interests and passions. Throughout his life, he touched countless people, especially the very old and the very young, who will continue to have their lives enriched by the experiences he shared with them. His family was a priority for him and he provided an endless source of love and strength for them. Always curious, a passionate environmentalist, inspired teacher, loyal friend, and devoted husband, Tim will always be remembered for his exceptional intellect and caring spirit.
A celebration of Tim's life will be held on Tuesday, June 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Audubon Naturalist Society's Woodend Nature Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Tim may be made to the Geography of Hope, with contributions designated to the Tim Schaffer Scholarship Fund at http://www.geographyofhope.org/tim-schaffer-scholarship-fund