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Adolph William Schmidt ’26

Published in Mar. 21, 2001, issue

The death of Dolph Schmidt concludes the career and life of one of our most noted members.

After graduation he studied in France and Germany, winning honors. He then entered Harvard business school, graduating in 1929. Returning home to Pittsburgh, he headed a municipal campaign to better the city. When WWI broke out, he volunteered for active duty, and, as a lieutenant-colonel, he commanded OSS operations in Africa. After the war he became a vice president and governor of the management firm T. Mellon and Sons, in Pittsburgh. Pres. Eisenhower appointed him our ambassador to Canada, where he served for five years.

If only there was space to tell of all the organizations in which Dolph was interested. They include cofounder of World Crisis Committee, and he was the US delegate to numerous conferences seeking greater Atlantic solidarity.

Dolph married Helen Mellon, who survives. Other survivors are his son, Thomas, a daughter, Sedgley Claire, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

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