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Marvin Baker Schaffer


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Marvin Baker Schaffer Obituary
Marvin Schaffer, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on January 13, 2018. Marvin is survived by his daughters Jody Jacobs, Leslie Belay, Merri Nelson and by his six grandchildren, Chandra, Nebiyu, Kassa, B'rouk, Micah and Dane. Marv, as he was usually referred to, was a highly regarded military analyst and world traveler, having visited over 200 countries. Marv was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 14, 1926. He proudly served in the United States Army during World War II and was honorably discharged as a Private First Class in 1946. Subsequently Marv received a Bachelor's of Science degree in chemical engineering from Cooper Union School of Engineering in New York, New York and a Master's of Science degree in chemical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey. In 1961 Marv accepted a position on the research staff at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California. Moving his family across the country, Marv landed at his long-time home in Rustic Canyon in Pacific Palisades until relocating in 2016 to Thousand Oaks, California. While at RAND as a senior physical scientist, Marv specialized in analysis of military operations, capabilities and systems, with several inventions and patents to his credit. After his retirement in 1991, Marv continued his research as an adjunct RAND staff member. During this time Marv published multiple papers on counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency, hydro and nuclear energy, military strategy and geopolitics, and missile defense, all of which are available on his web site www.marvinbakerschaffer.com. Marv made important contributions toward the safety and security of the country and will be sorely missed by colleagues, friends and family alike.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 16 to Jan. 19, 2018
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