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SCHMIDT ELISABETH HELENE WHITMAN SCHMIDT Elisabeth Helene Whitman Schmidt passed away on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Capital Caring Hospice in Arlington, Virginia. Widow (since 2009) of the late Commander Wesley H. Schmidt, USN (Ret.), she is survived by five children: sons Commander Wesley H. Schmidt, Jr., USN (Ret.) and wife Catherine; Colonel Austin B. C. Schmidt, USA (Ret.) and wife Dr. Kim; Mr. Peter H. V. Schmidt and wife Alta; Colonel Rodney H. C. Schmidt, USA (Ret.) and wife Lois; and daughter Elisabeth S. "Libba" and husband Commander F. Mitchell Alexander, USN (Ret.). Son Geoffrey predeceased them in 1965. Elisabeth is also survived by her grandchildren: Rebecca C. Schmidt; Wesley H. Schmidt, III; Leah W. and husband Daniel Glicoes; Sergeant David Schmidt, Infantry, USA, and wife Megan; Zachary Schmidt; Mary Elisabeth "Mary Lib" Schmidt; Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Second Class Mark Alexander, USN; and Elisabeth G. "Beth" Alexander. She is also survived by great grandson Christopher Glicoes, step great grandson, Ayden Van Ginder, and her half-sister, Jacquelyn Whitman Tracey. Elisabeth, also known as Betty or Lis, was born January 21, 1925, to Helene Wood Egelhoff and George W. Whitman in St. Louis, MO. She graduated from Mary Institute in 1942, then moved to Washington, DC, with her mother, during World War II. She earned an Associate in Arts from Mt. Vernon Junior College in Washington, DC, in 1945, just in time to marry Wesley following his graduation from the United States Naval Academy with the Class of '46, in June 1945; he was immediately deployed to the Western Pacific Theater during WWII. During his deployment she studied International Relations and Far Eastern History at George Washington University, Washington, DC. A devoted Navy Wife, she made numerous moves between duty stations during Wesley's thirty year Navy career, supporting church, school, Scouting, athletics and all the other activities of an active family with six children. A dedicated volunteer, she served as a "Gray Lady" in Navy Hospitals, and with the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society for more than thirty-five years. Many hundreds of Navy and Marine Corps babies have been warmed by her knitted blankets, caps and booties. Elisabeth began her professional career as a Genealogist for the Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) in 1968 and moved to the Genealogy Department at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Headquarters in 1972. Her career of more than 20 years with the DAR progressed from Staff Genealogist, to Research Genealogist, to The Ethnic and Minority Genealogist. She was the author of, or contributed as primary researcher to, numerous articles and nine publications on the service of minorities in the American Revolutionary War. This work was part of the Forgotten Patriots Project initiated by the DAR to identify African Americans, Native Americans and individuals of mixed heritage who supported the American struggle for independence. In the 1980s and 1990s, a series of booklets covering each of the original states was published. In 2001, these were merged into a single volume which has since been expanded and republished as Forgotten Patriots - African American and American Indian Patriots of the Revolutionary War: A Guide to Service, Sources and Studies. Additionally, she wrote a chapter in Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers and Librarians. She earned designation as a Certified Lineage Specialist by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, then served on the certification board for many years. Elisabeth was also professionally active in the National Genealogical Society. Through her research, service and lectures she inspired both novice and experienced genealogists. Elisabeth joined the DAR in 1952 through the Jefferson Chapter in St. Louis. During her 62 years in the DAR she held numerous offices, including: Regent of the Dr. Elisha Dick Chapter (1974-77) and Chapter Registrar (2004-14); President of the Potomac Regents Club (1980-81); State Librarian and State Corresponding Secretary, Virginia Society; and held several National DAR Chairmanships. She served on the Credentials Committee at DAR Continental Congresses for many years. Her service with the Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) began in 1963 and she served as Senior National Chairman; Senior State President, Virginia Society; and Senior Society President of the Dick Anderson Society for six years. In 1979 she joined the National Society, Women Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts and was the President of the Virginia Court of Assistants (1983-86); Treasurer National (1985-89), and Corresponding Secretary National (1989-92). Elisabeth will be greatly missed and always remembered with love and respect by her family and all who knew her. A Celebration of Elisabeth's Life will be held in the Chapel at Goodwin House, 4800 Fillmore Ave., Alexandria, VA 22311, on Monday, June 16, at 3 p.m. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made in her name to the C.A.R. Fund, National Society, Children of the American Revolution, 1776 D Street, NW, Room 224, Washington, DC 20006-5303; or to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, 875 N. Randolph St., Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203 (Online donations: www.nscar.org or www.nmcrs.org). A guest register may be found at www.everlywheatleyfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Washington Post from June 1 to June 7, 2014
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