PAUL FRANCIS SCHUDA
Died in a plane crash on December 16, 2017 in Indiana. He was born on April 28, 1952 in Pittsburgh, PA and was 65 years old. He was a long time member of the U.S. Civil Air Patrol and had worked for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for more than 20 years as the Director of their Training Academy in Ashburn, VA. Prior to the NTSB he worked at the Environmental Protection Agency where he received a Gold Medal for Exceptional Service for his work on endangered species. He also worked at Merck Inc. Paul had a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry, obtaining his undergraduate degree and PhD at the University of Pittsburgh. He did his postdoctoral work at MIT. Paul lived in Arlington, VA for more than 20 years and spent a lot of time adding to and renovating the family home, installing hardwood floors, ceramic tiles and kitchen cabinets. He created a "movie theater room" with stadium seating and a large screen that the family spent many happy hours in. He enjoyed trips to the family vacation home on Marco Island, FL and was planning to relocate there after he retired. He is survived by his wife, Laurie Clough Schuda; his son, Christopher Lloyd Lewis; his daughter, Stephanie Marie Schuda, and his two sisters, Mary Jo Melancon and Theresa (Terri) Schuda. A memorial service for Paul Francis Schuda will be held at Saint John the Beloved Catholic Church in McLean, VA on Thursday, December 21 at 11 a.m.
Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 20, 2017.