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

UIUC -- Inside Illinois -- 1994/06-03-94