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.
Published in Ann Arbor News from Mar. 1 to Mar. 4, 2021.