AB, Middlebury College, 1941. Doctor of Laws, Middlebury College, 1990. Bachelor of Laws, Cornell University, 1947.
Born in Burlington, Vermont, Coffrin received an Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College in 1941 and was a Lieutenant in the United States Navy during World World War II, from 1942 to 1945. He received an Bachelor of Laws from Cornell Law School in 1947, entering private practice in Burlington from 1947 to 1951. He was again in the United States Navy during the Korean War, from 1951 to 1952, thereafter returning to private practice in Burlington until 1972.
On May 3, 1972, Coffrin was nominated by President Richard M. Nixon to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Vermont vacated by Bernard J. Leddy.
Coffrin was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 8, 1972, and received his commission the next day. He served as chief judge from 1983 to 1988, assuming senior status on January 31, 1989 and serving in that capacity until his death in Burlington.
He was buried at Burlington"s Lakeview Cemetery.
Trustee Middlebury College, 1973-1988, overseer, 1988-1993. With United States Navy, 1942-1945, 51-52. Commander Reserve 1952-1966.
Fellow American Bar Foundation. Member American Bar Association, Vermont Bar Association, Chittenden County Bar Association, Burlington Tennis Club, Phi Delta Phi, Kappa Delta Rho.
Married Elizabeth Ann MacCornack, May 14, 1943. Children: Peter Son of, Albert W., III, James W., Nancy (Mistress Michael G. Furlong).