SCHAEFFER, Spencer, A Remarkable Life Born July 27, 1938 in Brooklyn, NY to Elsa and Philip Schaeffer. He died peacefully on July 9, 2018 in his home in Natick MA.
"Drink the good wine first"....and he did.
Spencer's team was the Ebbets Field Brooklyn Dodgers. His Brooklyn roots were strong with existing friendships that go back 77 years. He loved music from classical to Rock and Roll, but Simon and Garfunkel meant home to him. He started reading at age two and never stopped. Prolific reader of: novels, news, medical journals, poetry and articles about science and osteopathy. He was always seeking better ways to serve his patients. He was a lifelong learner and he loved teaching. Sharing knowledge was essential to him. One of his specialties was Osteopathic Cranial Manipulation, which transformed the lives of many patients. As one patient wrote in a thank you, "After my head injury, you put Humpty Dumpty back together again and returned me to work and life again." Each patient was the center of his universe while he was with them. He relished the puzzle of diagnosing, and the joy of treating and helping people.
A Scrabble master and NYT Crossword Puzzle enthusiast, which he enjoyed doing with others, sharing the solving fun. As friend said, "A brilliant person that didn't need to prove his genius." Another added, " He takes the art, appreciation and joy of eating good food to new heights. I don't know anyone with whom I'd rather share a meal." Known for his quick wit, and ability to find the humor in life and appreciate it with a full belly laugh. He was a steadfast and generous friend. For Spencer seeing new places, eating new foods, exploring new cultures was a joy, not to be missed.
Graduated Kirksville Osteopathic Medical School 1969
Internship Dayton OH 1969-70
Private Practice in the greater Boston area from 1970 with General Practice and then specializing in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine 1981- 2018
Positions held: Faculty, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Adjunct Faculty, Sutherland Teaching Assoc., Past President of the New England Academy of Osteopathy, Cranial Academy Board of Examiners Certification of Competency, Lecturer, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in the Temroromandibular Joint Program.
Memberships: American Osteopathic Assoc., American Academy of Osteopathy, Osteopathic Cranial Academy and the Massachusetts Osteopathic Society
He is survived by, as he would tell everyone, the love of his life for 45 years, his wife, Lydia, Natick MA, and son, Benjamin, Watertown MA. Spencer is also survived by son, Andrew, and daughters Stephanie Schaeffer and Patricia Schaeffer Straub, and two grandsons, and one granddaughter, all of Eastchester NY. Dr. Schaeffer also leaves behind his brother, Bruce, and his wife, Susan, and niece, Sara, of NYC and San Francisco.
The family will have a private service. In honor of Spencer's love of body surfing and Moody Beach, ME. He will take his final swim there at a later date.
Donations may be made in his honor to: The Osteopathic Cranial Academy, www.cranialacademy.org
Published by Boston Globe from Jul. 10 to Jul. 15, 2018.