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Wolff Anton von Schmidt

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December 19, 1938 - October 2, 2013 Jonkheer Johann Wolff Anton von Schmidt Auf Altenstadt, Professor Emeritus of German at the University of Utah, died peacefully on October 2, 2013 in Fullerton, OC, California, surrounded by his loving family. Born on December 19, 1938 in Berlin, Germany, he was the only son of Jonkheer Johann Erich Giselher and Ellen (n. Merkus) von Schmidt auf Altenstadt. He immigrated to the United States in 1956. A member of the graduating class of Lincoln High School in Portland Oregon in 1957, he received his Ph.D in Germanic Languages from the University of Washington in 1968. He accepted a position in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Utah from where he retired in 2009 after a long career as a cultural mediator between Germany and the USA. Professor von Schmidt was well known for his research in the Sturm und Drang period, and was also a prolific textbook writer. Moreover, he served for many years as the Director of the University of Utah's summer study abroad program at Christian Albrechts Universitat in Kiel, Germany. An engaged citizen, he was a member of the board of the Utah Opera, and served in numerous administrative positions locally and nationally in the German academic community. He traveled extensively as an author and lecturer. He is survived by his beloved Reyes F. von Schmidt auf Altenstadt of Fullerton CA, stepmother Gerda von Schmidt auf Altenstadt of Hattenheim, Germany; stepbrother Christian von Hinckeldey of Sidney, Australia; daughter Johanna Karin Hansen of Portland, Oregon; ex-wife Carole von Schmidt and stepson Brad von Schmidt of Portland, Oregon; sisters and brothers-in-law, Nieves Fidalgo and Jose Antonio Monge, Carmen Fidalgo and Luis Moreno, and Susi Fidalgo and Julio Caso de los Cobos of Madrid and Oviedo, Spain; his dear friends Robert and Zina Peterson, Howard and Nancy Parker, and David and Pamela Greenwood of Salt Lake City, Utah; and his loving caregiver Juana Zamudio of Hidalgo, Mexico. Wolff will be remembered by all who knew him for his passion for life, his buoyant personality, his love of music, travel, and knowledge, his loyalty, and his kind and generous spirit. We deeply miss him. Services will be private. There will be a concert In Memoriam on November 10 at the Meng Concert Hall, CSU Fullerton. Donations in Wolff's memory may be made to Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Fund (for Music Scholarship), or to KUSC radio, Los Angeles, CA. www.mcaulaywallace.com McAulay & Wallace Mortuary
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 3, 2013
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