January 7, 1928 – September 3, 2019
Erich Schmitt, 91, of Newton, MA died on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Born in Sandhausen, Germany, he was the son of Christof and Katharina (Kirchgaessner) Schmitt. He grew up in Sandhausen and was only a 17 year old young man when drafted into the German Army at the end of World War ll. After spending 5 years as a US and French POW, he would return to Germany to finish high school in Heidelberg. After completing high school he went to Heidelberg and Karlsruhe University, earning a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering and Science and then worked for the University’s Fraunhofer Institute as a professor and Research Director of emerging applied science in the areas of Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence. He was then recruited and moved to the US by Bell Aerosystems, a contracting firm with NASA. He would leave Bell to help develop the Computer Engineering and Computer Science programs at SUNY Buffalo. After retiring from SUNY Buffalo, he continued his personal research and worked on a consulting basis into his 90’s. He was a beloved teacher and a scientist with superior knowledge. His students described him as a nurturing, giving, inspiring, and kind teacher.
Erich was predeceased by his beloved wife of 63 years, Elfriede; brother, Richard Schmitt and sisters, Martl Epple, Hilde Scheuring and Friedl Schmitt.
He is survived by his daughter Sabine M. Schmitt and her partner Patricia M. Natale and his grandsons, Kaden and Noah Natale-Schmitt, as well as many nieces, nephews and their children.
A memorial mass will take place on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 10:30 AM at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes, Newton, MA.
- Memorial Mass Saturday, September 14, 2019
September 14, 2019
My dear family friend Erich was the utmost inspirational man, a wonderful cook, lover of France and gladioli, true friend in the darkest hours!
To live in hearts
we leave behind
is not to die.
Much Love to Sabine and her family in Boston and Germany
from Birgit 💜