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Thomas D. Schmitz, MD (Res Grad) (1936-2016) 


Thomas D. Schmitz Dec. 29, 1936 - Mar. 8 2016 Resident of Oakland Tom was born in La Crosse Wisconsin on a dairy farm. Guided by his parents' example, Tom and his six siblings developed a commitment to hard work as well as a deeply held Catholic faith. He graduated with honors from Loras College; then earned his medical degree from Marquette Medical School while working four jobs. He completed his residency in orthopedics at Ohio State University and Loma Linda University Medical Center. While finishing medical school in Milwaukee, Tom met and soon married Mary St. Peter of Fond du Lac Wisconsin. Their young family was separated while Lieutenant Commander Tom served as a physician in the Construction Battalion of the U.S. Navy in Thailand. Mary and Tom settled down in the Oakland hills in 1971, where they nurtured their family, developed their careers and immersed themselves in the Oakland community. They were married for 53 years. Tom established a busy and rewarding sports medicine and orthopedic surgery practice. He founded the Shape Center, a physical therapy practice on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland. Tom and Mary transformed the clinic into the Courthouse Athletic Club. Always a family business, the Courthouse was beloved by its patrons for being a special place that promoted fitness by building an inclusive community. Most of Tom's inexhaustible energy was directed towards helping others. Over the course of his career, Tom volunteered his orthopedic expertise on behalf of youth sports in the Bay Area. He was the doctor for the football team at Laney College and other high schools and junior colleges throughout the East Bay. He served as team orthopedist for the Golden State Warriors from 1977-1987. He was also the President of Oakland Rotary #3 and supported its International Foundation in projects in Africa, South Asia and Central America. He was a volunteer physician at Bay Area community clinics. Corpus Christi Catholic Church, where Tom was an active parishioner and volunteer, was the center of Tom's faith community. His remarkable ability to connect with others endeared him to many, in every walk of life. In addition to his wife, Mary, Tom is survived by his four children Michael (Catherine Atkin), David (Pamela), Mark, Jane (Adam Richards) and six grandchildren Leslie, Charlie, Max, Erin, Theo and Ian, three brothers Francis, Paul and Eugene and sister Teresa. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation in Tom's honor to Oakland Elizabeth House. http://www.oakehouse.org Holy Angels Cooper Chapel FD381 (510) 533-4114



Posted on 14-Apr-16 by Pond, Deborah
Tags: Alumni Notes, Residency Notes, Obituaries
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