Frederick Keyes Schauffler
California Superfund section chief at the Environmental Protection Agency, passed away peacefully surrounded by family in Oakland, California, on November 26. He was 62 years old.
A soft-spoken, giving, gentle man who possessed a piercing intellect, boundless creativity and a pithy wit, Fred was much beloved by family, friends, colleagues and especially children. He was a devoted father, mentor, musician, athlete and lifelong outdoorsman who gained the respect of everyone he met. Fred was a gift to all the people who knew him.
Fred steadfastly dedicated his entire professional career to protecting the environment, first in Massachusetts and then in California. He worked at the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) in Boston from 1974 to 1989 before joining the EPA in San Francisco. As the EPA's California Superfund chief, he managed the cleanup of some of the worst hazardous waste sites in the nation. Fred was widely recognized for his technical and policy expertise and his diplomacy in negotiating multi-million dollar cleanups. His work directly improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people living adjacent to these sites.
Fred was born in 1950 to Robert and Jane Schauffler when his father was stationed by the United States Navy in Majuro, Marshall Islands. While growing up he also lived in California, Illinois and West Germany. He graduated in 1968 from the International School of Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland and earned his bachelor (1972) and masters (1973) degrees in environmental engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
Fred is survived by his daughter, Geneva; son Derek; sister Ann; brother Richard; brother-in-law Stan Griffith; sister-in-law Cheryl; sister-in-law Monica; daughter-in-law Morgan; his partner Helen Booth; and the mother of his children, Helen Halpin; several nieces and nephews; three grand-nieces and one grand-nephew. He was predeceased by his brother Rob. Fred's family and the many friends and colleagues whose lives he enriched have been blessed; they will carry within them his spirit and goodness forever.
A celebration of Fred's life is being planned for early 2013. The family requests that those wishing to honor Fred consider a donation to the Sierra Club

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 2, 2012