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William Edward Schmidt

Memorial for William Edward Schmidt

Born in Pittsburgh, PA on Sep. 7, 1920
Departed on Jan. 26, 2017 and resided in Fairfax, VA.
Service: Private

William Edward Schmidt

William Edward Schmidt (Age 96)

Died on Thursday, January 26, 2017, in Fairfax, VA. William E. Schmidt was born September 7, 1920 in Pittsburgh, PA, the only child of Conrad Schmidt and Minnie Edgar. The family moved to Takoma Park, MD, where he grew up, attending local schools, including Montgomery Blair High School.

He entered George Washington University in 1939, served in the Army during WWII, and earned a doctoral degree in chemistry at Princeton University. He returned to GWU, joining the chemistry faculty in 1953, and was involved in teaching analytical chemistry and was active in electrochemical research for over half a century. He received the distinction of Professor Emeritus of Chemistry in 1991. He also served continuously as Secretary of the American Chemical Society Committee on Analytical Reagents for 40 years.

He met his beloved wife Dorothy Cox of Greensboro, NC, while she was working in Washington, DC for the War Department in the Military Cryptanalytic Branch. A coincidental connection was that Dorothy resided at 2004 G St, NW, now part of the GWU campus. They were married 50 years before her death in 1997, residing in Silver Spring.

An avid hiker, he led camping trips and served as scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 97 in Silver Spring, MD from 1979-1988, after which he was active in the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. A further lifelong interest was in classical music, and he attended area performances of chamber, vocal, and symphonic music, as well as opera. His exploration of ethics and religion led to his interest in Unitarianism, particularly admiring the sermons of A. Powell Davies at All Souls' Church in Washington, DC, and helped found the Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church.
He is mourned by his children, Judy Sharp of Silver Spring, MD, Martha Ong (Philip) of Vienna, VA, Connie Carpel (Bruce) of Fairfax, VA, Donna Green (Tom) of Richmond, VA, and Joel Schmidt (Jill) of Carlsbad, CA, 8 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Interment private. Donations may be made to the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club,

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