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Donald Schroeder

Donald W. Schroeder

Mr. Schroeder died of natural causes, with family present, on March 30, 2012. He was 95 years old. A long-time resident of Atherton and Menlo Park, he is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Mary Enneking Schroeder, and three sons, William [Wendy] of South Burlington, Vermont, and his children John Henry and Susie, David [Carmen Sofia] of Menlo Park, and his son Christian, and Stephen of Carson City, Nevada and his twin daughters, Baylee and Charlotte. Twin sons Mark and Tom preceded him in death.


He was a native of Wisconsin, and after graduation from the Business School at the University of Wisconsin in 1943, he attended the Naval Midshipmen's School at Tower Hall in Chicago, receiving his commission as an Ensign in late 1943. He served as an Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer until his discharge in 1946. He then took a position with the Chicago office of Price Waterhouse, and obtained his CPA certificate in 1950. While working in Chicago he met and married Mary, who also was employed by the Chicago Price Waterhouse office. She was from Madison, Wisconsin and had also attended the University of Wisconsin.


In 1954, after holding an executive position in the Midwest, he and Mary decided to move to California, where he joined the staff of Lybrand, Ross Bros. & Montgomery [later known as Coopers & Lybrand, one of the Big Eight accounting firms] in its San Francisco office. He became a partner in the Lybrand firm in 1959 and remained a partner until he retired from Coopers & Lybrand in 1979. He was the managing partner of the San Francisco group of offices, serving in that position for ten years, and was elected to the firm's Governing Council during that period of time.


He was very active in the accounting profession, serving as the President of The California Society of Certified Public Accountants and on a number of committees and the governing council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the governing national body for CPAs. He gave freely of his time in these organizations. In 1978, he and Mary served as chairpersons of the AICPA's annual meeting in San Francisco.


He was a member of the Cercle de l'Union [The French Club] in the City for many years. One of his greatest joys was entertaining his friends there. He enjoyed billiard games at the Club with members of the French community, as well as a game of dominoes before lunch. He was also active in the Rotary Club of San Francisco and the Stock Exchange Club. As a member of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, he was involved in many of that organization's projects. His favorite project was serving on the Board of Directors for the Fort Point Museum Association, which developed that tourist attraction before turning it over to the National Park Service.


He was an avid golfer and a long-time member of the Menlo Country Club. He also belonged to The Springs Golf Club in Rancho Mirage, California, where the family had a winter home. He played for many years in the California Seniors and the Northern California Seniors Golf Association tournaments until his health declined. He made numerous trips to Scotland to play the old traditional golf links.


After his retirement he was appointed to the boards of directors of several corporations and served faithfully for many years, finally resigning from the last board at eighty years of age. During his retirement years, he and his wife also traveled extensively. They were both avid fishermen. They fished for marlin and sailfish off the Mexican, Costa Rican and Hawaiian coasts, and enjoyed salmon fishing in the Pacific near their Oregon beach house. Every year they would go to a fishing camp in Northern Wisconsin to sh for muskies, the world's greatest fresh water game fish. Over the years, they had remarkably good luck, but his beloved Mary usually out-fished him, regularly catching the biggest fish.


Throughout his lifetime, though therewere many demands in his professional career, he always found time to devote to his family. The family made annual trips to a dude ranch in Northern California when the children were small and later, as they grew older, the family spent much time at the family beach house in Oregon, fishing and crabbing. His grandchildren added a great deal of pleasure to his later years and he loved them dearly. His family always came first in his life and he will be missed by them all.


Burial arrangements will be private. A memorial mass will be held at St. Denis Church in Menlo Park at a date to be determined. Donations in Don's memory may be made to St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room, 3500 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park, California 94025 or to a . The family wishes to thank the folks at the Belmont Village in Sunnyvale and Vitas Hospice Care for taking good care of Don during this last year; they did a terrific job.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 2, 2013
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