Francis A. "Penny" Shaffer, 76, a lawyer in the Washington area since the mid-1950s, died Jan. 22 at his home in McHenry, Md., after a heart attack. He also lived in Silver Spring.

Mr. Shaffer worked at area firms until becoming a partner with Edwin C. Collier at a Silver Spring general practice from 1966 until 1983. Mr. Shaffer then ran his own firm until his death.

He was born in Cumberland and served in the Navy during World War II.

In the early 1950s, Mr. Shaffer graduated from the University of Maryland and its law school.

He was a fellow of the Maryland Bar Association and a past member of the executive committee of the Montgomery County Bar Association. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Wheaton.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Emma R. Menzel Shaffer, of Silver Spring; a daughter, Rhea D. Clark of Stevensville, Md.; three sons, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Kenan J., of Alexandria, Thomas J., of Silver Spring, and Robert G., of False Pass, Alaska; two brothers, P. Raymond Shaffer of Sykesville and Thomas P. Shaffer of Cumberland; a sister, Mary T. "Dottie" Stahl of Cumberland; and nine grandchildren.