Robert Carl Schmid
Robert Carl Schmid, a native of Cleveland Ohio, and most recently a resident of Arlington, VA, passed away August 6, 2013. Mr. Schmid was the son of Eva (Roesch) and William Schmid of Cleveland, Ohio. He was 97 years old.Mr. Schmid graduated from the University of Ohio in 1937 and earned a PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1941. With his first wife Alice Herrington, who later founded Friends of Animals, he joined the OSS in World War II. Mr. Schmid spoke French and German fluently, and interviewed prisoners of war during his time in the armed forces. After the war, Mr. Schmid stayed in France until 1953, when he and his family returned to the USA. Mr. Schmid worked for the Ford Foundation in New York City until his retirement in 1970. His worked involved research into grant funding for higher education. Mr. Schmid's second wife, Mary Colonna Schmid, passed away in 2002. During their marriage, they supported many charitable interests, and were instrumental in turning Robert Todd Lincoln's summer home, Hildene, in Manchester, Vermont, into a historic trust for the public to tour. Mr. Schmid is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Schmid of Gillsville, Georgia; his son, Kai; and daughter, Oona Schmid, both who live in the Washington D.C. area; and his nephews Bill of Cleveland, Ohio, and Gary, of Ivoryton, Connecticut. A private memorial service is planned in Manchester, Vermont, in the fall of 2013.
Published in The Manchester Journal from Aug. 23 to Sept. 13, 2013