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Verne Schmidt

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Verne Schmidt, retired associate professor of German. He died on Sunday, Nov. 28, in New Braunfels.  He was 73.

Dr. Schmidt will be remembered as an ardent promoter of German language and culture.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Texas in Austin and also did graduate studies at Freie Universität in Berlin and at Universitet Stockholm.  

He received his doctorate from the University of Texas in Austin in 1966.

In 1967, Dr. Schmidt came to Trinity as an assistant professor of German and became an associate professor in 1973.  In addition to teaching German, he also taught courses in Spanish and Swedish. He retired from the University in 1995.

At Trinity, he was the faculty sponsor for Gesanguerein Frohsinn, an organization for German students.  He also sponsored a German film series on campus that was open to the public.

Outside of Trinity, Dr. Schmidt was the first president of the Society for the Development of German in Texas, which preserved and promoted German culture, language, and heritage in areas, including the Hill Country, where German immigration was historically significant. He was instrumental in re-introducing German Saturday School and  German Summer School in New Braunfels.

He was also a member and president of Fröhlichen Volkstänzer, a German folk dancing group that performed at festivals throughout Texas.

Dr. Schmidt is survived by his wife, Lisa Schmidt ’79; son, Tilo Schmidt and his wife, Angela Bartlett; daughter, Nika Jacobs ’92 and her husband, Steve Jacobs;  daughter, Erica Schmidt ’05; and son, Carlo Schmidt ’06 and his fiancé, Sara Buros; and grandchildren Hannah and Grant Jacobs.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, at the Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels.  The family has requested that memorial contributions be given to the Hope Hospice Children’s Bereavement Program or Communities in Schools.


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