John C. Schmeidel ’78

John C. Schmeidel ’78 died June 25, 2013, in Taipei, Taiwan, of liver failure. He was born on February 6, 1957, in Phoenix, Ariz., and prepared for college at Dulaney Senior High School. A dean’s list student who achieved high honors in every class his junior year, he graduated from Bowdoin magna cum laude, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a James Bowdoin Scholar. He studied Oliver Cromwell at Trinity College in Oxford, England, under a Surdna Foundation Undergraduate Research grant in his senior year. He served as editor in chief, features editor, managing editor and news editor of the Orient. He went on to graduate from Columbia Law School in 1985; earn a master of science in economics from the London School of Economics in 1987; and then a master of philosophy in international relations in 1992 and a doctorate in history in 1994, both from Pembroke College, Cambridge University. He was working on a second PhD when he died. He worked for several financial institutions: Bankers Trust Company from 1978 to 1980, Goldman Sachs from 1980 to 1981, Dean Whitter Capital Markets International in London in 1987, Templeton Investment Management in Scotland from 1988 to 1990, and Price Waterhouse in Paris and Berlin from 1990 to 1991. Survivors include a sister, Ellen Schmeidel O’Connor.

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