Michael Anthony Schork
1936 - 2021
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Schork, Michael Anthony 6/11/1936 - 2/25/2021 Ann Arbor Michael Anthony (Tony) Schork passed away peacefully in his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan on February 25, 2021 at the age of 84, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Tony was born in Elyria, Ohio on June 11, 1936 to Helen Marcks and Rudolph Joseph Schork. He attended Elyria Catholic High School and then earned his B.A. (1958) and M.S. (1960) degrees at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, where he met and married his first wife, Hely Merle. The couple relocated to Ypsilanti and then Ann Arbor, Michigan, where Tony completed a master's degree in public health (1961) and Ph.D. in Biostatistics (1963) at the University of Michigan. Following completion of his Ph.D. in 1963, he accepted a position as a faculty member in the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Tony had seven children (six sons and one daughter) from his first marriage, and later added into his broad family the three children of his second wife, Linda Fiebich (House). Tony was a major part of his children's and stepchildren's lives, and was particularly involved in their sports and academic journeys. As an accomplished athlete growing up, Tony supported his children as a coach and active spectator at all of their baseball, basketball, football, track, wrestling and tennis competitions. He maintained this interest by encouraging and supporting the athletic and academic careers of his grandchildren, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. During his long tenure as a University of Michigan professor, Tony made valuable contributions to teaching fundamental and applied biostatistics - an academic discipline at the interface of statistics and biomedical research. He co-authored one of the earliest, and still highly respected, text books developing the concepts, computations and interpretations of basic statistical procedures for researchers and students in the health sciences. Tony was an important collaborator on many research projects in public health and medicine, most notably in the areas of cardiovascular, rheumatologic and pulmonary diseases. His work resulted in over 200 publications in the scientific literature. Tony received the first-ever annual teacher-of-the-year award in the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 1996, was recognized for his mentoring capabilities and chaired or served on over 150 doctoral dissertation committees. For the three years prior to his 1999 retirement as an emeritus faculty member from the University of Michigan, Tony also served the School of Public Health in the role of senior associate dean for academic affairs. Appreciated for his quick wit and ability to laugh at himself, Tony was an avid trivia guru, had an immense memory, and loved to read, collect original art, do crossword puzzles and listen to classical music. After his retirement, he was able to complete his life-long dream of living in Europe when he and Linda moved to Italy. There they restored an old farm house, taught English privately and through the British Institute in Conegliano, traveled throughout Eastern and Western Europe and beyond, and enjoyed hosting family and friends over their ten-year residency. He was known to enjoy a daily Arnold Palmer ice tea/lemonade, watch quirky movies, and seek out any story that involved the partnership and bonding of animals. He was a pet-father to many cats throughout his life and had a special relationship with his dog Chloe, as well as the many pets of his children. Tony is survived by his wife Linda Fiebich (House) Schork of 35 years; seven children: Michael (Anne), Nik (partner Laura Goetz), Peter (Annette), Ted, Thad (Terri), Matthew (Mimi), and Anna Schork; three step-children: Jon (Lisa Green), Julie, and Charles (Jennifer) House; 14 grandchildren: Andrew, Daniel, Ryan, Ashley, Madeline, Michael, Anna, Mark, William, Rudy, Deegan, Adam and Bella Schork, and Marina Burke; four step-grandchildren: Corey Green, and Aidan, Eric and JT House; two great-grandchildren: Joshua and Kaelyn Schork; brother Rudolph Joseph Schork, Jr. and sister Carol Schork Mitola; many cherished nieces and nephews; and lifelong friends. Tony is preceded in death by his parents, sister Ann Schork Doherty, and brothers-in-law Charles Doherty and Dan Mitola. A funeral mass will be held at a future date at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ann Arbor. Tony's family would like to thank all of his caregivers, including Tim Guttman of Right at Home In Home Care & Assistance and Arbor Hospice, for the tremendous care they provided to Tony as well as the incredible support they have provided to Linda. Memorial donations can be made to the Leader Dogs for the Blind, Humane Society of Huron Valley or a charitable organization of your choice.

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Published in Ann Arbor News from Mar. 1 to Mar. 4, 2021.
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March 16, 2021
A truly wonderful and giving man. Anyone who met him always felt at ease and left as a friend. He was also the only one able to get me through my Stats class! I will always remember him with love.
Courtney Ford
Friend
March 7, 2021
Tony Schork made made every course he taught interesting and enjoyable. Pursuing my MPH (1973), he was a inspiring teacher and a big reason I decided to continue on to earn my PhD (1980) in Biostatistics. He truly cared about his students and even helped get a research fellowship that gave me real world consulting experience and financial support. I treasure the memories of him and as a kind, passionate teacher and human being.
Andrew A White
Student
March 7, 2021
Fond memories of Tony. You all have my sympathy and prayers
Mike Richards
Friend
March 4, 2021
Dr. Schork was a long-time mentor of mine in both Biostatistics (MPH) and Sociology (PhD). He was as funny as he was expert, always having a wry comment as well as focused, wise advice.
The image I will keep in my mind of Tony is one of being advised by him one day in two wheeled chairs WHILE his office was literally being moved down the hall. That was Tony!
We debated statistics, politics, Catholicism, parenthood, and many more topics. But there is NO debate about what a wonderful person and total professional he was.
Thank you to his family for sharing him with all of us!
BKC

Barbara Chesney
Student
March 4, 2021
Tony (whom I always called "Dr. Schork", which drove him a little crazy), was my advisor for my MS in biostatistics in 1995-96. I can honestly say that he was one of the biggest influences on my life, and I will forever be grateful for his intelligence, kindness, and wit. I will never forget my time working with him. I learned so much sitting across from him at the little round table in his office - not just about biostatistics, but also geography, music, and so many other things. I am sorry to hear of his passing and send my condolences to Linda and the rest of his family.
Leslie Lange
Student
March 3, 2021
Dear Linda and all the Schork family,
I was so sorry to hear of Tony's passing, but so grateful for having known him. We were colleagues and friends in the Department of Biostatistics from the time Betsy and I arrived in Michigan in January 1984. I always enjoyed talking with Tony, often about our shared interests in family, sports, and travel. A favorite quotation of mine seems particularly apt in Tony's case: To live on in the hearts of the people we love is not to die. Tony lives on in many many hearts.
Michael Boehnke
Friend
March 3, 2021
Our sincere condolences to the family, especially to my good friends Mike and Pete for the loss of your dad. We didn't know each other well except through each of you, but he lived an extraordinary life and will be remembered by many.
Jeffrey and Carol Carter
Friend
March 3, 2021
My deepest condolences to Linda, Julie and your family. I so enjoyed Tony quick wit and fun loving passion for his family, friends and Chloe whom I had the great pleasure of knowing.
God Bless all of you and I know Tony is right there with all of you. ❤❤
Sandy Hamilton
Friend
March 3, 2021
What a wonderful and full life. Very saddened by his passing and the family loss
Al & Carol Metty
Friend
March 2, 2021
Linda and family,
I am saddened to learn of Tony's passing. He was a joy to work for at SPH and you both were always so kind to me and I sincerely appreciate that.
Bev Slane
Coworker
March 2, 2021
Rest In Peace Tony, God Bless you,
Lizzie Burt
Lizzie Burt
Friend
March 2, 2021

























My deepest condolances to the entire Schork family, most especially my dear former colleague, Thad, and Terri and Rudy. Though I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Tony well, his spirit of generosity, kindness, and support are reflected throughout the entire clan, who so lovingly welcomed everyone they met into their lives as if they were old friends. May your memories bring you peace in the days ahead.

Susie Bozell Craig



















Susie Bozell Craig
March 1, 2021
Mr. Schork was a big part of my life as a youth and teen at St. Thomas grade and high school (GRHS). As a classmate and friend of Michael (1978), I remember his involvement and dedication at school and church over the years. Mr. Schork's tireless support of his sons' athletic teams, and encouragement of his sons' irrepressible classmates and teammates, is memorable. He had a unique sense of humor, and he appreciated youth, education and sports. Along with Mrs. Schork, he led a fine Catholic Ann Arbor family. My condolences to the entire Schork clan.
Joe Treml
Classmate
March 1, 2021
Much love to Linda and all of the family! Tony had a life well lived and left an amazing legacy!
Susan Middlemas
Acquaintance
March 1, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Peter & Annette, please know our thoughts are with you, be well!
Myrna & Nick Hadwick
Friend
March 1, 2021
Dear Linda and family,
I was so sorry to read about Tony. He worked with us on a grant we had funded from the Department of Defense and so valued his knowledge in biostatistics. I will never forget the time Yvonne, Christie, and I met up with you and your granddaughter in Venice Italy and having dinner together. Please accept our sincere condolences and I hope all the fond memories help you through this time of great loss.
With sympathy, Reg and Yvonne
Reg Williams
Coworker
March 1, 2021
Dad,
You were my rock. I couldn’t have asked for a more caring, loving father. I was truly blessed.
Love,
J. Thad
J. Thaddeus
Son
March 1, 2021
Tony was a wonderful teacher and an all-around great guy! We enjoyed him very much. He will be missed.
Judith Ogden
Student
March 1, 2021
As the current chair of the Department of Biostatistics, I express our collective sadness and offer our tributes to the memories and legacy of Professor Schork. His contribution towards elevating the stature and impact of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health, to the University and the Campus was profound. He was a brilliant communicator of complex and foundational statistical ideas and was a true leader in the School. We treasure his legacy and the fruits of his work today. He is fondly remembered by his colleagues and students. Our deepest condolences to the family and thoughts and prayers to all his loved ones.
Bhramar Mukherjee
Coworker
March 1, 2021
Our family knew Dr. Schork first through his son and daughter-in-law, our good friends Peter and Annette. Then, when Tony and Linda moved into a house on our street, we got to know them as wonderful neighbors. What a funny and interesting man, with a fantastic family! By any measure, a life well-lived.
SKNJ
Steve Bachman
Friend
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