Dean Mike Whaley emailed students this morning with the sad news that Paul Schaffel ’12, a recent graduate in history and psychology, died earlier this month from an illness. Dean Whaley’s email appears below in full:
Dear Students and Faculty Colleagues,
It is my sad duty to inform you that Paul Schaffel, from the Class of 2012, died earlier this month after a long illness. A history and psychology double major from New York City, he touched many in our community with his wonderful and easy-going manner. Paul’s illness was diagnosed last December, but he nonetheless completed an ambitious senior thesis on Indian student revolutionaries in London in the early twentieth century, for which he received high honors and was awarded the Butler Prize. Paul was also the editor in chief of Wesleyan’s undergraduate history journal, Historical Narratives.
Vijay Pinch, who served as Paul’s thesis advisor, said that Paul wrote beautifully and easily, was brimming with intelligence, and was enormously fun to be around. “I count myself as blessed to have had him as a thesis student, mostly because he was so smart and interesting,” Pinch wrote.
Paul had been admitted to Columbia, Harvard and Stanford law schools, and it is so sad that he did not have an opportunity to dazzle faculty and classmates at one of these prestigious institutions as he did here at Wesleyan.
We were grateful that Paul, despite his illness, was well enough to participate in graduation this past May.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed to Lorna Scott in my office (219 North College, firstname.lastname@example.org) who will collect them and forward them to Paul’s family.
Dean Mike Whaley