Yale Law School

Raymond Shafer received the LL.B. in 1941 from Yale and was admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New York and the Federal Courts. The people he met at Yale were important in the rest of his career; classmates included future Governor William Scranton, President Gerald Ford, Supreme Court Justices Potter Stewart and Byron White, and many others with prominent political careers such as Cyrus Vance and Sargent Shriver. Shafer’s love for athletics continued as he played just about every intra-mural sport offered at Yale. He was the high scorer for his fraternity’s champion basketball team. At Yale, Ray Shafer was also the first student to ever serve on the boards of both the Barrister’s Union and the Moot Court.

Yale Law School Fraternity

Yale Law School fraternity, Corbey Court-Phi Delta Phi 1940


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The picture of this extraordinarily successful class at Yale Law School appeared in Life magazine in 1966 with the following identifications:

  1. Fred Lipitt, Minority Leader, Rhode Island State Legislature
  2. Don Belin, former General Counsel for U.S. Treasury Dept.
  3. Gerald Ford, Republican Leader, U.S. House of Representatives
  4. Sargent Shriver, U.S. Ambassador to France
  5. Potter Stewart, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
  6. Cyrus Vance, Deputy secretary of Defense and Chief Troubleshooter for the President
  7. Robert Stuart, Republican National Committee from Illinois and President of Quaker Oats Co.
  8. Raymond P. Shafer, Governor of Pennsylvania
  9. Byron “Whizzer” White, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
  10. Eric Hager, Ex’General Counsel, U.S. State Government
  11. Louis Hester, former Director of Civil Aeronautics Board
  12. J. Richardson Dilworth, Executive with Rockefeller Foundation
  13. Peter Dominick, U.S. Senator from Colorado
  14. Najeeb Halaby, former Director of the Federal Aviation Agency
  15. Walter Lord, Author of A night to Remember
  16. Willard W. Brown, former Republican Candidate for Mayor of Cleveland
  17. William W. Scranton. former Governor of Pennsylvania
  18. Stanley R. Resor, Secretary of the Army