53-year-old professor at Spring Hill College dies

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – The Spring Hill College community mourns the loss of an English teacher who spent 53 years of his life at the college.

CHS Professor Emeritus Michael Francis Kaffer, Ph.D. died Saturday, January 22 at the age of 87. He graduated from college in 1961 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and began teaching English a year later.

His life will be celebrated on Friday, February 4 at St. Joseph’s Chapel on the SHC campus. The family will receive visitors in the chapel from 2 to 3 p.m. The service is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. and will be followed by a reception in the Gautrelet Hall at 4:00 p.m. Wearing a mask is mandatory for all indoor activities.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in her memory to Spring Hill College.

Kaffer began teaching in the English department, then took a three-year hiatus to complete his master’s degree in English at Louisiana State University – Shreveport. He returned to CHS in 1969.

In 1985 he obtained his doctorate. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama. He was named “Professor Emeritus” early that same year, and the college honored him by dedicating a classroom to him in the Lucey Administration Building.

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