Remembering Professor Emeritus Wilhelmus Schaffers, 1927-2009
Covenant College Professor Emeritus Wilhelmus (Wim) Schaffers went home to be with the Lord on April 20, 2009, after a lengthy illness.
After he retired from a 34-year career with DuPont, Dr. Schaffers and his wife, Nel, moved to Lookout Mountain in 1993, and he served as professor of mathematics and applied science at Covenant College from 1993-2007.
"Wim Schaffers had a servant's heart and worked tirelessly for the College in his role as a professor of mathematics and applied science," said Dr. Jeff Hall, vice president for academic affairs. "He was known to be bright, demanding, and fearless in his approach to the classroom. His service and life were motivated by his deep and abiding faith. In his employment application he said, 'How then can we truly understand the world around us without knowing Him (Jesus) first? Even our ability to understand is a gift from Him.' He was willing and cheerful in his attitude toward work and his handshake was always firm and trustworthy. He will be missed."
Dr. Schaffers is survived by his wife, Nel, and a large extended family, including many children and grandchildren who are Covenant alumni and current students.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 24, at 11:00 a.m. at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church.
Visitation will take place in the fellowship hall of Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church on Thursday, April 23, at 7:00 p.m. and on Friday, April 24, from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
The family of Dr. Schaffers has requested that gifts given in his memory be designated for the Dr. W. J. Schaffers Mathematics Scholarships Fund at Covenant College. This is an endowed scholarship that will benefit Covenant students for years to come. If you would like to give a gift in memory of Dr. Schaffers, you may send your gift to the Covenant College Office of Advancement, with a notation that it is for the W. J. Schaffers Scholarship Fund.