Robert Shaffer

Assistant to Canyonville Christian Academy founder A.M. Shaffer through 1961

– Leader of the school through 1985 –

– Born: August 10, 1913 –

–  Died: June 20, 1991 –

– Married to : Esther Carrick –

– Children: Roger, Adele –

Leadership Roles:

Canyonville Bible Academy, boarding schools, Christian AcademyFrom the late 1930’s to 1961 Bob Shaffer was Vice President and Business Manager of CCA. During this time he worked closely with A.M. Shaffer in a wide range of duties, including running the school’s business office, promotions, and fund rasing.

From 1961 (after the death of Dad Shaffer) until 1966 Bob Shaffer was the Chief Operating Officer (C.O.O.) of the school.

In 1966, He was elected by the Board of Directors to be the President of CCA, a position he held until his retirement in 1985.

Notable Achievements and Memories:

Bob Shaffer oversaw the building and funding for all but two of CCA’s buildings. He served as the architect/designer for three of the four major buildings on campus.

– He wrote 26 volumes of journals, poetry, proverbs and other writings. A volume of selected proverbs (20th Century Provers) was published in 1965.

– He wrote ten three-act plays. These were performed by students and Bob Shaffer produced and directed the plays

– Multiple writings of Bob Shaffer have appeared in “Readers Digest” and poetry anthologies.

– He was an artist who designed numerous sculptures.

– Bob was the inventor of “Punch-A-Can”, a remarkably effective multi-function screw driver that was commercially produced.

-For ten years he presented a unique weekly Sunday afternoon multi-media program called “Melody Hour”. The program contained elements of what were later called “music videos” and featured a theater quality sound system.

– A licensed Minister, after the passing of Dad Shaffer, he spoke to the student body at many school chapels each year.

– Bob Shaffer believed that tuition should should cover the cost of school operations and that donations should always go towards improvements and buildings. At the time of his retirement in 1985, the school was entirely debt free, and a contingency fund had been built.

– The school’s gymnasium, which he designed, oversaw the construction, and for which he raised funds, is named in his honor.

– Robert Shaffer was a member of the first graduating class of CCA in 1932. At that time the school was known as Canyonville Bible School (CBS).

Along with his office duties, Bob Shaffer was involved in many, many other activities and projects. amongCanyonville Christian Academy, Bible Academy, boarding schools, private schools these were:

* Starting the school’s yearbook

* Manager of the P.X (snack bar)

* Helped found the Alumni Association

* Ran the annual “Box Social” – a major fund raiser

* Co-senior adviser with wife Esther for many years.

At times durning his tenure he was also involved in providing entertainment and activities for the students (movie nights, ‘Uncle Bob Socials”, etc.)

– Bob was a collector of records (nearly 2,000 33 rpm disks) and art by local and regional artists. He also displayed two murals by Robert Bruce Williams, nationally known artist and CCA graduate, in his home.

– He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

– He was a church worship team/orchestra drummer as a teenager through his 60’s. Although not formally trained, he also enjoyed playing the piano and the school’s Hammond organ.

– Bob Shaffer’s career at CCA spanned 50 years. After his retirement he also served another six years on the Board of Directors.

On the afternoon of his funeral, the businesses of Canyonville were closed in an unprecedented show of respect.

Dad Shaffer was actively involved in the construction of 11 buildings on campus. He also troweled and poured cement sidewalks of the Academy. This was usually done with the help of students and using a small electric cement mixer.

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