A native of Clare, Michigan, he studied in Detroit and Europe and operated a school for color and design for 58 years in San Francisco, California. The Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design produced a large number of designers, architects, interior decorators, teachers and colorists.
Schaeffer taught color design at the forerunner of the California College of Arts and Crafts and was a lecturer at UC Berkeley and at Stanford University. In 1914, he was one of 25 teachers sent to Europe by the U.S. Commissioner of Education to study the role of color in a school curriculum. He was trapped there by the outbreak of World War I. When he got back to America, he decided to move to San Francisco.
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