Former teacher John Schmid dies

John Schmid, a former longtime business teacher at De La Salle Collegiate, died on Jan. 24. He was 72.

For the past few years, Schmid battled Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

The former educator taught accounting, business law, and economics from 1975 to 2005 at De La Salle, where his wife, Debbie, was also a business teacher in the 90s. 

Schmid grew up in Mount Clemens and attended St. Louis the King High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Detroit.

Alumni were quick to praise Schmid and his influence on their lives. 

“He is the teacher that piqued my interest in business, and also made me want to go into teaching,” said Dennis Koch, ‘94, De La Salle’s director of alumni relations. “I majored in business at Michigan State University and joined the De La Salle staff in 2005 as a business teacher. That was John’s last year at De La Salle, and he was my department head. He was my mentor and helped me grow in my teaching skills, particularly classroom management. He used to give daily quizzes, which kept students on their toes.” 

Matt Chabot, an alumnus from 1988, added: “I did not fully appreciate how well he taught us until my first accounting class at MSU. He taught us college-level accounting, and I aced my first class because of him. I appreciate all he did for us and for the school.” 

In later years, Schmid went to part-time teaching with an early-morning class before heading to John’s Lumber, where he worked as the company’s comptroller. 

“Every time I pass John’s Lumber on Gratiot, I think of him,” said Gary Hrydziuszko, ‘91. “Funny how little things like that stick with you.” 

Aside from his wife, Schmid is survived by sons Aaron (‘93) and Michael (‘08), daughters Rebecca and Monica, and several grandchildren.

Visitation is Jan. 29, from 4-8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Rosary at A.J. Desmond & Sons, 32515 Woodward in Royal Oak. A funeral Mass is planned for Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. at St. Hugo of the Hills, 2215 Opdyke in Bloomfield Hills. Visitation at the church will begin at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes to the ALS Association, P.O. Box 37022, Boone, Iowa 50037, or Michigan Brain Bank, 400 North Ingalls, Street, Room G179, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109.

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