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Claire Brightwell Shaeffer, American writer, educator. Recipient Second Place award National Federation Press Women, 1989, Third Place award, 1993, First Place award 1994, 98; First Place award California Press Women, 1989, 93, 94, 98, Third Place award, 1993, Second Place award, 1995, Woman of Achievement award Soroptomist International of Palm Desert, 1996.


Shaeffer, Claire Brightwell was born on December 2, 1939 in Weston, Georgia, United States. Daughter of Louie and Juanita (Sumner) Brightwell.


Associate of Arts with honors, Laney College, 1968. Bachelor summa cum laude, Old Dominion University, 1974.


Floor superintendent, Famous Barr, St. Louis, 1960-1964;teacher, Montgomery County (Maryland.) Adult Education, 1969-1970;consultant, Portsmouth (Virginia) City Schools, 1972-1974;teacher, College of the Desert, Palm Desert, California, 1975-1997;lecturer various cities in the United States and Europe, various cities in the United States and London, since 1984.



President Navy Officer's Wives, Portsmouth Naval Hospital, 1971-1972. Vice president Assistance League Palm Springs Desert Area, 1976-1977, president, 1977-1978. Board of directors Riverside County (California) Heart Association, 1978-1982, secretary, 1979-1981;chairman annual meeting California Heart Association, Burlingame, 1982.

Member Fashion Group International (secretary 1992-1994), Professional Association Custom Clothiers, California Press Women.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: reading, traveling.


Married Charlie W. Shaeffer, Junior, February 24, 1959. Children: Charlie W. III, James Robert.

Louie Brightwell

Juanita (Sumner) Brightwell

Charlie W. Shaeffer

Charlie W. III Shaeffer

James Robert Shaeffer