Herbert Raymond Schmidt

April 14, 1930March 8, 2019


Passed away peacefully on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the age of 88 after a lengthy illness, surrounded by his family. A career military officer, Colonel Schmidt served 31 years in the US Army, including tours of duty in Korea, Vietnam, and Germany. He was an officer and a gentleman who was devoted to his family and loved and respected by all who knew him.

Born on April 14, 1930 the only son of Herbert Charles Schmidt and Lillian Mary Schmidt, née MacInnis, Herb grew up with five loving sisters in Washington DC. He is a 1953 graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and obtained a Master of Science degree from George Washington University in 1972. His military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with three V devices for combat during the Tet Offensive, and three Air Medals. He was an Army Ranger, a Master Parachutist with over 100 jumps, and was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge. Following his retirement from the military, Herb worked 33 more years at the Department of Energy, retiring on his 87th birthday.

Herb is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Ingeborg Maria Ertl Schmidt, whom he married in 1959 at the 11th Airborne Division Chapel at Flak Kaserne in Augsburg, Germany. He is also survived by his beloved children: son Lt Col (Ret.) Alan Raymond Schmidt of Fairfax Station, VA and wife Marisa, and daughter Kirsten Alexa Weick of Munich, Germany and husband Achim, as well as his adored grandchildren, Alan and Scott Schmidt and Lilly and Isabelle Weick. Herb also leaves behind his only surviving sister Jean S. Bartley of Alexandria, VA and her husband BG (Ret.) Hugh J. Bartley as well as eight nieces and nephews.

The Schmidt and Weick families extend their deepest gratitude to the medical staff of Water Reed National Military Medical Center for their diligent care and unwavering support given to Herb during his illness.

A funeral service at the Old Post Chapel at Ft. Meyer, Virginia and interment with full military honors will follow at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.


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Bob Johnson

March 12, 2019

Herb was a calm colleague, quietly competent, willing always to help or to teach others. His integrity and quality of character were on full display daily. I consider myself most fortunate to have known and worked with Herb.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember him.

Allen Barwick

March 12, 2019

Herb always made time for me. He was never too busy to help me, a young reviewer who needed his patient guidance. He took an interest in my concern, no matter how trivial the matter might have seemed to others (though I mistakenly often wondered if the future of Western Civilization might depend on the matter). He was ever there for me – I miss him so much.

Roger Dewey

March 12, 2019

John Paul Jones, a hero of the Revolution, wrote about the qualities of a Naval officer in letters that are archived at the Naval Academy, and they are well known to most officers. If you substitute the words "Army" for "Navy" and "soldier" for "mariner," his words absolutely apply to the Herb Schmidt I knew:

"It is by no means enough that an officer of the Navy should be a capable mariner. He must be that, of course, but also a great deal more. He should be as well a gentleman of liberal education, refined manners, punctilious courtesy, and the nicest sense of personal honor.
He should be the soul of tact, patience, justice, firmness, kindness, and charity. No meritorious act of a subordinate should escape his attention or be left to pass without its reward, even if the reward is only a word of approval. Conversely, he should not be blind to a single fault in any subordinate, though at the same time, he should be quick and unfailing to distinguish error from malice, thoughtfulness from incompetency, and well-meant shortcomings from heedless or stupid.
In one word, every commander should keep constantly before him the great truth, that to be well obeyed, he must be perfectly esteemed."

Herb Schmidt was indeed a man of "punctilious courtesy and the nicest sense of personal honor" and he was "perfectly esteemed" by all who knew him. I am proud and honored to have known Herb as a friend and colleague for so many years. The world is a better place for having had Herb in it.

Mike Kolbay

March 12, 2019

Herb is "Good People:" that's folks to whom you would entrust your kids. There is no past tense for being good people. Herb was also a fine man, a wonderful colleague, and a steadfast friend. The world is a better place for him having been in it, and is diminished by his having moved on. I shall remember Herb with fondness, and wish to remind Inga and all his loved ones that we share grief together.

Mary Deffenbaugh

March 12, 2019

Herb's high standards have left a lasting legacy at the Department of Energy. He will be remembered fondly by his DOE family. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.