MICHAEL J. GAFFNEY
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MICHAEL JAMES GAFFNEY  
Michael James Gaffney, formerly of Framingham, MA, passed away on February 14, 2013 after a long struggle with Multiple Sclerosis. He attended both public and private schools there. At the time of his death he was residing and practicing law in Silver Springs, MD. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Viet Nam. After his discharge from service, he received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. In 1976 he earned his Jurist Doctor from Antioch School of Law. He was a founding member of the Military Law Task Force (MLTF) of the National Lawyers Guild dedicated to the rights of veterans and was Counsel to the Viet Nam's Veteran's Association (VVA). Michael was pre-deceased by his wife Naimah, his step-daughter April, and his mother, father and brother, John. He leaves behind two sisters, Kathleen and Heather, three brothers, Brian, Neylan and Collin, his sister-in-law, Evelin, his step-son Robert and numerous nieces and nephews. He is remembered as a loving and caring brother and one who devoted his professional career to assisting veterans. He will be interred at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA with his brother.


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Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 26, 2013.
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March 10, 2013
Class of 75
Misses you comrade in arms
pursuing Justice.
L. Jacob Fien-Helfman
March 6, 2013
Michael was an authentic revolutionary, of sorts. He led our conspiracy to expose the abuses and inhumanity of the Northampton State Hospital. Memories of our radical "conspirational" meetings remain smilingly in my head. My wife and I went on to share a house in Sunderland, MA with Michael and his brother, Nylan.
Myron Becker
March 5, 2013
Mike was always a beacon of moral light at Antioch Law School in our class of '75. And, he went on to lead a life of service to his fellow vets.
I admired him and will miss him.

Howard Strong
Tarzana, California
March 4, 2013
Although many years have past since we came together as the founding members of the Antioch School of Law, I have to this day fond memories of Mike. He impressed me as being a strategist and a thinker, always focusing on the next steps, as evidenced by his many achievements.

Willie Garrett
March 4, 2013
Oh the days of high ideals at Antioch Law School. We had plans to save the world and struggled how best to do that. Mike's mark is the good he did in life and the seeds he planted that influenced other to do good. Farewell. Shirley Bergert ASL '75 with Mike
March 4, 2013
You were a valued member of the founding class of Antioch School of Law and went on to do many fine things. Your passing is a big loss.
Mark Swirsky
March 4, 2013
You were always true to the ideals we held so long ago at Antioch law school. That is a great achievement. Sleep well now, my old classmate.
Eve Chesbro
March 1, 2013
Many years past we were neighbors on Bare Hill Rd. Mike delivered the paper and his brothers and sisters were known to us all. I am deeply sorry for your loss and appreciate his service to our country, as well as his service to veterans.
Paul Delaney
February 26, 2013
You will truly be missed my long time friend.
Rosezina Dunn
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