Dr. Joseph Clayton Schoolar, of Houston, died on Saturday, the 4th of May 2013, at the age of 85, following a brief illness. |
Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology and Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Schoolar was born in Marks, Mississippi, and grew up on a cotton farm in the Delta town of Rena Lara. At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Army and after attending the Army Japanese Language School at the University of Minnesota, served in General Douglas MacArthur's Headquarters in Tokyo.
Upon his discharge, Dr. Schoolar received his Bachelor's degree in Biology and Master's degree in Cell Physiology at the University of Tennessee. He then joined the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, researching the effects of ionizing radiation on living systems. In the late 1950s, pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, he focused on the blood-brain barrier and with Dr. Charles Barlow developed an autoradiographic technique for a variety of studies of the brain, chiefly drug distribution and cerebral blood flow.
In 1960, Dr. Schoolar moved to Houston to complete his residency training in psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, where he became a member of the faculty in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pharmacology. In addition to research and teaching, he served as Director of the Texas Research Institute of Mental Sciences and maintained a clinical psychiatric practice in Houston for nearly fifty years.
Dr. Schoolar enjoyed his involvement in many organizations in the Houston area, including the Houston Philosophical Society, the Institute of Religion, and most of all, the Great Books group he and his wife were members of for several decades. But no place was more important to Dr. Schoolar than his farm in Weimar, Texas, which continues to be a gathering place for his family: his wife of 52 years, Betty (Peck), whom he met when both were working at Billings Hospital in Chicago; his five children Jonathan, Cynthia, Geoffrey, Catherine, and Adrian; children-in-law Douglas Williams, Marika (Steele), and Sarah (Arnett); and grandchildren Caroline and Emily Williams, Elizabeth and Benjamin Schoolar, Rigel Smith, and Bronson Schoolar.
He is survived by his brother Larry L. Schoolar of Atlanta and numerous beloved family members, including brother-in-law Joseph H. Clark, sisters-in-law Dixie W. Schoolar and Betty H. Schoolar, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, Adrian and Leah (Covington) Schoolar, his twin sister Josephine Schoolar and sister Mary Elizabeth Schoolar Clark, brothers Bronson and Daniel Schoolar, and Bronson's wife Edna.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o'clock in the afternoon until seven o'clock in the evening on Thursday, the 9th of May, in the library and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
A funeral service is to be conducted at half-past one o'clock in the afternoon on Friday, the 10th of May, at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard in Houston, where the Rev. Dr. Laurens A. Hall, Rector, is to officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception at a venue to be announced during the service.
At a later date, the family is to gather for a private interment at SS. Cyril and Methodius Cemetery in Dubina, Texas.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions be directed to the annual fund of the M D Anderson Cancer Research Center, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, P. O. Box 4486, Houston, TX, 77210-4486.
Published in Houston Chronicle from May 7 to May 8, 2013