Robert Herman Schmidt

Bob was born in St. Joseph, MO. and entered the Naval Academy via Columbia Prep School in Washington DC.  As a midshipman he played 150 pound football, and was a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Championship team in 1955.


His first assignment following graduation was to flight training in Pensacola, FL.  Because of vision problems, his flight training was terminated, and he was transferred to the USS RICH (DD 820). Bob completed Submarine Officer’s School in 1958.  Then came two tours on submarines out of Key West; U.S. Naval Post Graduate School where he earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering; and then two more submarine tours, including an Executive Officer tour.  Following duty on CINCLANT staff, Bob returned to the Naval Academy as an instructor in the Engineering Department, and then as Assistant Director of Athletics. In 1975, he became the first Director of the Naval Academy Prep School when NAPS was relocated from Bainbridge, MD.


Upon retiring from the Navy as a Commander in 1977, Bob joined the VITRO Corporation, and advanced to manage their Middletown, RI, office from 1979 to 1990.  In 1991 Bob and his wife opened a GEICO office in Middletown and he acted as an agent until 1996.  Bob died in Newport, RI on 2 January 1996 after a stoic battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). He leaves behind his wife Mary Lou “Bunny”, son Paul S. (USNA ’80), and a daughter Carrie.