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Albert H. Schwichtenberg ’26

Albert H. Schwichtenberg ’26, November 15, 1996, in Melbourne, Florida. He graduated from the University of Oregon Medical School in 1929 and married Lucille Shumway ’27 in the same year in the chapel in Eliot Hall. He served in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps for 30 years. During World War II, he was honored with two Legion of Merit Awards for his involvement in evacuations of the wounded. In 1949 he became a brigadier general and was senior medical officer for the Secretary of Defense. His final military assignment was as surgeon of Air Defense Command. After retiring from the military in 1959, he became head of the Department of Aerospace Medicine and Bioastronautics at the Lovelace Foundation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he directed the medical phase of the first astronaut selection program. After his retirement from Lovelace in 1970, he worked on development of a computerized medical care system for remote medical care on Indian reservations. He was a founder of the Museum of Natural History in Albuquerque. Albert was loved boating and fishing, and the couple spent many summers sailing in the San Juan Islands, Washington, and in the Inland Passage to Alaska. In their later years, they settled in Melbourne. Lucille died in1995. Survivors include their son, daughters Anna Lou Schwichtenberg Hall ’52 and Joann Schwichtenberg Freimund ’58, 12 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 1997

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