About Mr. Shaffner
Tom Shaffner grew up in a farming family in Freeland, Michigan during the great depression. Tom graduated from Midland High School in Midland, MI, where he was elected class president. He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1958. Tom attended Georgetown University Law School, graduating in 1963.
In 1975, Tom joined one of his patent clients, Howard Dearborn, in Fryeburg, Maine to help manage and grow Dearborn Tubular Products. Over the next three decades, Dearborn went on to become one of the area’s largest employers.
One of Tom’s greatest passions was helping people. He put a great deal of time and effort into the alcohol and drug recovery community in Maine and New Hampshire, including founding the Plymouth House, a twelve-step recovery facility in New Hampshire and several half-way houses in the Portland, Maine area.
Tom passed away in October of 2016. His legacy lives on through his investments in the drug and alcohol recovery community and the Thomas D. Shaffner Charitable Foundation.