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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of Donald Gray Schmidt of Hinsdale, who
4passed away on April 20, 2011; and
5    WHEREAS, Donald Schmidt was born on November 20, 1925, in
6Hinsdale; and
7    WHEREAS, Donald Schmidt was a graduate of Hinsdale Central
8High School and the Missouri School of Mines (metallurgical
9engineering); he subsequently earned his master's degree in
10business administration from the University of Chicago; and
11    WHEREAS, Donald Schmidt served as director for the DuPage
12Historical Society and worked with the Hinsdale Historical
13Society; he was a Republican committeeman and served on
14numerous boards at Union Church; he traveled and consulted with
15the Executive Service Corps of Chicago, where he donated his
16professional expertise and knowledge to groups and countries in
17need; he volunteered with Earth Watch Society, doing research
18in Fiji, Australia, Thailand, the Cook Islands, New Zealand,
19Africa, Scotland, and the Caribbean; he was also recognized
20throughout his professional career on numerous occasions with
21awards from industry professionals and colleagues; and



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1    WHEREAS, Donald Schmidt received an honorable discharge
2from the United States Navy for distinguished service in the
3Pacific Theater; and
4    WHEREAS, Donald Schmidt was a long-standing member of the
5American Foundry Society and the Minerals, Metals and Materials
6Society; he was also an Eagle Scout and leader of Troop 10 in
7Hinsdale; and
8    WHEREAS, Donald Schmidt shared his passion for antique cars
9with Hinsdale residents, driving in many of Hinsdale's 4th of
10July parades, and had a life-long love of both jazz and
11symphony music; he was a generous contributor to many
12charitable and artistic organizations throughout his life; he
13enjoyed sharing and enjoying the arts, museums, and musical
14performances with his wife; and
15    WHEREAS, Donald Schmidt was granted several patents from
16the U.S. Patent office for products he designed; and
17    WHEREAS, Donald Schmidt was preceded in death by his
18son-in-law, David Smith; and
19    WHEREAS, Donald Schmidt is survived by his wife of 29
20years, Beverly; his children, Peter (Lisa) Schmidt, Rebecca
21Smith, and Amy (Jerzy Koturewicz) Schmidt; his wife's children,



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1Mark (Pam) Anderson and Kristin (David) Edstrom; and his
2grandchildren, Brian, Jenny, Christina, Justin, Ainsley, and
3Alec; therefore, be it
5ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along with
6his family and friends, the passing of Donald Gray Schmidt; and
7be it further
8    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
9presented to the family of Donald Schmidt as an expression of
10our sympathy.