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James L. Schisgall ’56

Published in Feb.27, 2002, issue

In the PAW of Jan. 24, 2001, Bill VandenHeuvel noted that Jim Schisgall's third illustrated children's book would soon be published. It is not surprising that Jim turned to writing books for children. He stated in our 40th Reunion Book: "From Little League manager of my 7-year-old's baseball team to bed-time storyteller, I find fatherhood as a 60-year-old more rewarding than anything I have experienced."

After battling cancer for seven years, Jim died on Sept. 10, 2001. Shortly after his first operation, he wrote of his busy schedule as president and CEO of Hospitak, Inc., and visits to his factories in the Southwest and Mexico. He also wrote of his devotion to his wife, Beth, and his appreciation of her work as an elementary school teacher.

Jim prepared for Princeton at Great Neck HS in New York. In addition to studying in the Special Program in International Affairs, he participated actively in club sports and Theatre Intime. During his senior year, he roomed with Lenny Meyers and Ron Weber, fellow members of Elm Club.

Services were held on Sept. 14 at Temple Chaverin in Plainview, N.Y. To his wife and children, Stuart, Alex, and Robbie, the class extends its deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1956

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Stan Kotzen Says:

2015-01-05 15:49:33

Jim and I were in a training program at Grey Advertising in 1956. We were teammates on the agency softball team and starred together in a duet from Hugh Society at the Christmas party at the Plaza 1956. I was drafted March '57 and we kept in touch for a few years. Jim was a hoot and we were really close for those months I went into education (teacher/coach HS principal). But for that brief moment in time we were "Mad Men." He was a great guy and we really had a good time together. I am sure he was a great husband and father. Stan
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