Dr. Erwin R. “Rudy” Schmidt, Jr., associate professor emeritus of orthopaedic surgery in the School of Medicine, passed away June 12, 2011, at age 86.
Raised in Madison, Wisconsin, Dr. Schmidt earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to that he served in the Army during World War II, where he earned a bronze star.
In 1953, Dr. Schmidt joined the staff at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after completing his residency there. He was appointed to the faculty in the department of orthopaedic surgery as an assistant professor in 1964 and was promoted to associate professor in 1970. He obtained emeritus status in 2000.
From the late 1950s to the mid-1970s, Dr. Schmidt was the physician for Penn’s football team. He worked at the student health center from 1982 to 1998. He had also been an orthopaedic consultant to the student health center at Swarthmore College.
Dr. Schmidt is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Erwin III; daughters, Debbie Creeden and Sue Webber; a brother; two sisters; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to Wissahickon Hospice, 150 Monument Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 or Parkinson Council, 111 Presidential Blvd., suite 250, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.