Louis R. Shaffer, former engineering professor and director of the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratories in Champaign, died May 16 in Washington, D.C. Shaffer, 66, collapsed during a promotional ceremony at the Pentagon. He led CERL since its opening in 1969. He first served as the lab's deputy/technical director and on June 30, 1993, became the first civilian to be named permanent director. Shaffer joined the UI's College of Engineering faculty in 1954. He was a professor and head of the Construction Engineering Group in the department of civil engineering. In that job, he played a key role in the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to locate its new laboratory in Champaign-Urbana. The corps was seeking a partnership with a top-ranking engineering college to conduct multidisciplinary, applied research in construction engineering. The proposal developed by Shaffer's team, in cooperation with former UI President David Dodds Henry, was judged the best of 20 submitted. The lab's ties to the UI strengthened with Shaffer as director. That partnership - Army researchers working side-by-side with university personnel - is unique among Department of Defense labs. The cooperation prompted a February 1993 memo from the Secretary of the Army for research and development, recommending that all Army laboratories emulate the CERL-UI model. Shaffer is survived by his wife, Joyce; two sons; a daughter; and four grandchildren.