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Passed away peacefully at his home in McLean, VA, on Friday, September 28, 2012, following a nine-month battle with cancer. Born in Orange, CA, he earned a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from UCLA, in economics. He also served three years as an officer in the Navy. After moving to the Washington, DC area, he worked as an economist at the Federal Reserve Board, then moved to the Center for Naval Analysis. He worked for the Department of Health and Human Services for 23 years before retiring in 1995.
An avid amateur photographer, Stu loved to capture pictures of nature and candid moments with his family. He took pride in his beautiful backyard and spent more than three decades singing in the New Dominion Chorale, where he served as president in its formative years. He also was a charter member and long-time treasurer of the National Men's Chorus.
Stu served as president of the Northern Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and as president and treasurer of the McLean Swimming and Tennis Association.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Patricia. Survivors include Sharon Schmid, his wife of 51 years; daughter Pamela Schmid, her spouse, Andy Caranicas, and grandson Elias Caranicas, of St. Paul, MN; sister Charlyn Schmid; and brother-in-law Richard Schuchet.
Burial will take place in St. Louis, Missouri. A memorial service will held at a later date in the Washington, D.C. area. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Vitas Hospice Charitable Fund,

Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 2, 2012
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