Syracuse University Magazine

Warren B. Rudman '52

Former U.S. Senator Warren B. Rudman (R-New Hampshire) died on November 19 at age 82 after a protracted struggle with lymphoma. The son of a furniture store owner, Rudman grew up in Nashua, residing there most of his life. He enrolled in Syracuse in 1948, majoring in business administration at the Whitman School. While at SU, he met Shirley Wahl ’50, whom he married weeks after Commencement. They had three children. Rudman, who had been active in ROTC, joined the Army and served in combat during the Korean War. He earned a law degree from Boston College in 1960.

Gaining a reputation as a tough, yet compassionate, prosecutor he was appointed state attorney general in 1970, holding that post for six years. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1980, he was the first Jew to represent the Granite State in Congress. During his 12 years in the Senate, Rudman came to embody a spirit of centrist, bipartisan cooperation. The Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act (officially known as the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985) provided for imposition of automatic spending cuts if the president and Congress failed to reach established targets, but a series of later revisions made the law impossible to enforce. After leaving the Senate, Rudman co-authored a report on national security with ex-Senator Gary Hart (D-Colorado). Released in January 2001, it warned of imminent threats of terrorism, suggesting measures for preventing them, including establishment of a cabinet-level homeland security department. “No one seemed to take it seriously,” Rudman said. “The report went into a dustbin in the White House.” Combat (1996) is Rudman’s autobiographical account of his years in the Senate.

Dorothea Ilgen Shaffer ’33, H’90

Dorothea Ilgen ShafferDorothea Ilgen Shaffer, an honorary member of Syracuse University’s Board of Trustees and a life member of the Royal Society of Arts in London, died October 17, in Lewisberry, Pennsylvania. She was 101. Shaffer graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from SU’s School of Art, now part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA). After graduating, she worked as a public school art teacher, founded Ilco, a commercial interior design firm, and earned a master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. Shaffer’s dream of establishing a new facility for VPA’s School of Art and Design was realized with the 1990 opening of the Dorothea Ilgen Shaffer Art Building on the southeast corner of the Quad. Shaffer and her husband, Maurice, provided the lead gift, donating $3.25 million toward the building’s construction. When completed, the building brought together two-dimensional and time-based disciplines—painting, art photography, illustration, museum studies, and film among them—that had been scattered in different buildings across campus. The Shaffers also provided funds for fellowships in the college and established the Maurice E. Shaffer and Dorothea I. Shaffer Professorship. In a 1991 article about the building’s dedication, then-Dean Donald Lantzy referred to Shaffer as “our patron saint” and lauded the building’s central location, noting that it “suggests that art has value in every student’s education.”