James A. Schoettler, psychoanalyst

March 27, 2012

James A. Schoettler, 80, a psychoanalyst in private practice in the Washington area from 1969 to 2010, died March 6 at his home in Chevy Chase of bladder cancer.

The death was confirmed by his son, James A. Schoettler Jr.

Dr. Schoettler served in the Air Force from 1958 to 1968, attaining the rank of major. He became head of psychiatric services at Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base. He also served as an Air Force consultant in psychiatry throughout the Northeast.

In private practice, he had an office in Washington and later in Chevy Chase. In addition, he worked part time as an inpatient and outpatient supervisor at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at George Washington University’s medical school, and medical director at Mobile Medical Care, a nonprofit group providing medical care to elderly and low-income residents of Montgomery County.

James Anthony Schoettler was born in San Diego and raised in the Fresno, Calif., area. He was a 1953 graduate of what is now California State University at Fresno and a 1957 graduate of Johns Hopkins University’s medical school. He completed his psychiatry residency at North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill while in the Air Force.

He was a past board member of Mobile Medical Care. He was a member of the Catholic Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington, where he was an usher and belonged to a prayer group.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Ellouise Diggle Schoettler of Chevy Chase; three children, James A. Schoettler Jr. of Silver Spring, Karen L. Schoettler of Chevy Chase and Robin Fox of Lafayette, Calif.; two brothers; a sister; and five grandchildren. A daughter, Gretchen M. Schoettler, died in 1964.

— Adam Bernstein