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Dr. Ludmila Schmitt

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DR. LUDMILA (nee Kapschutschenko), July 14, 2009, suddenly at the age of 63. Beloved wife of John Bruce Schmitt. Professor of foreign languages at Rider University and former chair of the foreign languages department. Dr. Schmitt was born in Regensburg, Germany and emigrated to Argentina with her parents in 1949. She was educated in Argentina and moved to Philadelphia in 1963. She attended Temple University, earning her bachelor's and master's degrees in Spanish. She then attended Univ. of PA where she earned her Ph.D. in Latin-American literature.
Dr. Schmitt began her teaching career as a graduate student at Temple University and at U. of P. Her first teaching job was at Vassar College where she later would become chair of the foreign languages department; she left Vassar to teach at Lafayette University before returning to Vassar. She joined the faculty at Rider University in 1983. While at Rider, she was the author of hundreds of papers on the Spanish language and Latin-American literature. She was the author of a book 'El Laberinto en la Narrativa Hispanoamericana Contemporanea', published in 1981. Ludmila received several grants during the course of her career to support her writing on the Hispanic literature of exile and on the Latino culture and writers in the United States.
She and her husband were married in 1987 and reside in Lawrenceville. In the 1990's, she stepped down from her position of department chair to care for her parents. At Rider University, she participated at an exhibit of her late father's works sponsored by the Slavic Club. Entitled " Life's Journey Through Sculpture", the exhibit showcased the works of Petro Kapschutschenko, internationally known artist, who had received various honors from the President of Ukraine, Victor Yushchenko, for his contributions to international sculpture.
Her viewing will be held Saturday at 9 A.M. at St. Andrew's Memorial Church, 298 Main St., S. Boundbrook, NJ 08880. Requiem Services 11 AM. Int. St. Andrew's Ukr. Orth. Cem.


Published on Philly.com on July 17, 2009
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