SCHATZ--James L. September 24, 1919-July 12, 2013. Jim was honest, tireless, unique, kind, generous and deeply loved by his family, friends and community. He grew up in the Bronx, graduated from CCNY's Baruch College in 1943 and spent 63 years in the same home in Woodmere. He was president of the District 14 School Board, the Woodmere Merchants Association, the Inwood Country Club and the Peninsula Counseling Center. He was Scoutmaster and Little League coach for his two sons. He received CCNY's Townsend Harris Medal in November 2012. Jim was president of American Sponge and Chamois Company in Long Island City until 1983. He then volunteered for the City College Fund, which soon elected him president until he retired in 2005 at the age of 86. He subsequently joined Hofstra University's Professional Enrichment in Retirement program, where he was chairman of the membership committee. Jim was a well-respected debater and was lauded by his colleagues for his ability to forcefully defend his position without using notes. He served in WWII in the Fifth Armored Division (Patton's Army) from March 1943 to February 1946, during which he received a battlefield promotion from Second Lieutenant to First Lieutenant. He was promoted to Captain December 1945 and earned a Bronze Star for meritorious service. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, including the infamous Hurtgen Forest, where he prevented his troops from freezing by huddling them around a half-track tank that ran through the night. He will be greatly missed by his wife Ellie; children Willie, Elizabeth and Tom; their respective spouses Molly, Adrian and Leslee; and grandchildren Chris, Doug, Kira, Cody, Samantha and Dale, and Alex; as well as the many friends he made during his very full and exceptional 93 years. Donations may be made to the City College Fund in the name of the James L. Schatz Memorial Fund, 160 Convent Avenue, Shepard Hall, Room 166, NY, NY 10031
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Published in The New York Times on July 21, 2013