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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Carl E. Schmid, 80

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Carl E. Schmid, a former Westport resident and longtime Easton resident, died Dec. 29 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was 80.

Born in Norwalk, he was the son of the late Alfred and Elizabeth Horan Schmid. He grew up in Greens Farms area of Westport and graduated from Staples High School.

He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps as part of the Occupational Forces in Salzburg, Austria. He attended the University of Bridgeport and earned a BS in electrical engineering from New York University and a MS in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut.

For more than 36 years, he was a senior staff engineer for the Perkin-Elmer Corp. He worked on aerospace and instrument group projects and has seven U.S. patents to his credit.

He worked on a reconnaissance camera project and designed the Series 200 LC Pump for liquid chromatography that is still used worldwide. After his retirement, he founded the consulting firm E/M Systems.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Westport, the Easton Lions Club and the Swiss American Association of Connecticut of which his father was a founding member. His hobbies included golf, tennis, gardening and welding. He designed and built a tractor and an arc welder, among other things.

In addition to his wife Donna DiPronio Schmid of 57 years, survivors include his four children, Cara Schmid Mocarski of Huntington, Carl Schmid II of Washington, D.C., Dr. Della Schmid and her spouse Sue Tharnish of Sandy Hook, and Gina Schmid of Marstons Mills, Mass., a brother, Eugene Schmid (Rose) of Greens Farms and four grandchildren, Derek and Ashley Mocarski and Emma and Benjamin Schmid-Tharnish, plus many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at Notre Dame of Easton Church, 655 Morehouse Road, Easton on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at noon. Interment will be private. There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163,

Posted 12/30/12 at 04:28 PM


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