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Richard C. Schubert

Nov. 28, 2007

Richard C. Schubert, Western Michigan University professor emeritus of mechanical and aeronautical engineering, died Nov. 26 in Kalamazoo. He was 79.

Schubert retired in 1993 after 24 years of service to the University. An expert in the area of alternative energy such as solar power, Schubert was the director of WMU's Energy Research Institute. He also served as faculty advisor to the 1990 and 1993 Sunseeker solar race car teams fielded by the University to participate in the first two national intercollegiate GM Sunrayce competitions.

Prior to coming to WMU in 1969, Schubert taught at Wayne State University. Before that, he had a long career in private industry as a project engineer for both the B.F. Goodrich Co. and Ford Motor Co. As a Ford engineer he developed patented technology for a number of applications like speed control and hydraulics.

A member of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Solar Energy Society, Schubert earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Illinois and a master's degree from Wayne State.

A service for Schubert has been set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 963 Lake St., Kalamazoo. Visitation is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Betzler Life Story Funeral Home, 6080 Stadium Drive. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Thomas More Catholic Church.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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